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How are you advancing the community of practice? What ideas or efforts for building equitable economies are high priority in your region? We want to connect, learn and collaborate with you.

RTI's Economic Development Practice 

Our economic development team designs, informs, and evaluates strategic efforts to create good jobs, spur entrepreneurship and innovation, diversify the industry base, and align workforce skills with industry demands. Our team has worked with clients in over 25 U.S. states and in more than 10 countries spanning a range of social, political, and economic contexts.

Designing Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Collaborators

  • Ariel Powell, Duke Fuqua School of Business, Graduate Class of 2021 

  • Kirk Wilson, Duke Fuqua School of Business, Graduate Class of 2021 

  • Jamie Jones, Executive Director of Duke Fuqua School of Business’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Southern Small City Resiliency Collaborators

  • Michael Hogan, Research Economist, RTI International
  • Sara Lawrence, Program Director of Economic Development, RTI International
  • Pat Scruggs, President, Scruggs & Associates LLC 
  • Sara VanLear, Economic Development Researcher, RTI International

Gallery of Voices Collaborators

  • Farad Ali, President and CEO Asociar 
  • Anita Brown-Graham, ncIMPACT Initiative Director and Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Maureen Conway, Vice President; Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute 
  • Rodney Foxworth, Chief Executive Officer, Common Future 
  • Bridget Gainer, Vice President of Global Public Affairs, Aon 
  • Kevin Grant, Co-founder and Chief Content Officer, The GroundTruth Project and Vice President of Strategy, Report for America and Report for the World 
  • Astrid R.N. Haas, Urban Economist 
  • Petrarca Karetji, Head at Pulse Lab Jakarta 
  • Neil Lee, Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science 
  • Mona Mourshed, Founding CEO, Generation  
  • Rich Overmoyer, President and CEO Fourth Economy  
  • Tony Pipa, Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution  
  • Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman, Executive Director, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures  
  • Ginger Rothrock, Senior Director HG Ventures 
  • Doug Speight, CEO, Triad Growth Partners
  • Jessica Yinka Thomas; Assistant Professor of Practice and Director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative, Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University; President and Board Chair, B Academics   
  • Andres Vinelli, Vice President Economic Policy, Center for American Progress