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Brian Kelsey has worked in economic development since 2000, advising clients of all sizes — from rural communities to the White House — on best practices in research, policy, and strategy.
At the federal level, Brian was a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Economic Development Administration, where he was awarded the department’s highest honorary recognition for creating a multi-agency investment program that served as an “unprecedented platform for coordinating Federal economic development efforts.”
Locally, Brian served as chief strategy officer for former Nashville mayors Megan Barry and David Briley, and from 2012 to 2016 he was an adjunct instructor in economic development at The University of Texas at Austin, trying to recruit the next generation of practitioners to the field. His study of Austin’s technology sector was quoted by President Obama in 2013.
In June 2020, Brian was appointed Assistant City Manager-Economic Development at the City of Edinburg, Texas.