About TIP StrategiesTIP Strategies is an economic development consulting firm, with offices in Austin and Seattle, committed to providing quality solutions for public & private sector clients.
Defense Industry Projects
Earlier this month, we officially kicked off our work for MassDevelopment, the finance and development authority for Massachusetts, on a strategy to support manufacturers and defense contractors in the commonwealth and broader New England region. TIP was selected to lead the federally funded project, along with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute
, Chmura Economics & Analytics
, and Ellen Harpel of Business Development Advisors
. The resulting Defense Industry Economic Diversification Study will provide analysis and strategic recommendations for strengthening, transitioning, and diversifying this sector in light of continued cuts in US defense spending.
In December, we were chosen by the Washington Department of Commerce to assist in planning and communications strategies for the Washington Military Alliance. The project is one of several that will be funded through a $4.3 million economic adjustment grant received from the Department of Defense. We are excited about building on our long history of work in military-dependent communities.
(Photo courtesy US Navy)
Faced with an extremely low unemployment rate and strong prospects for employment growth, economic and community development organizations in the Greater Fargo Moorhead (North Dakota) area engaged TIP to prepare a regional workforce strategy. The project, which is expected to be completed in early summer, will involve a comprehensive labor analysis and sector-focused implementation strategies that will help address the region�s labor shortage.
We are also moving forward with a regional workforce strategy for the five-county region served by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization. Encompassing counties in both South Carolina and Georgia, the labor analysis will provide a snapshot of the regional workforce, as well as a specialized view of the region�s primary industry clusters, their occupational needs, and training requirements. This analysis will inform regional strategies for creating a more demand-driven workforce system.
(Image by Randy Stern via Flickr
Twin Cities Partnership
In 2014, we also added Minneapolis-St. Paul to our growing list of metropolitan area clients, which includes Las Vegas, Houston, Seattle, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Richmond. For our work in the Twin Cities, TIP was engaged by a consortium of stakeholders to create a strategy to accelerate investment and job creation in the core cities. The work will focus on identifying economic development strategies that will benefit market-challenged areas and lower-skilled workers, as well as the region as a whole.
Come See Us at IEDC
TIP�s senior staff will be participating in this week�s International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, Florida. Our senior partner and head of our Seattle office, Jeff Marcell, is serving on a panel with national economic development experts to discuss "Income Inequality and Economic Mobility: What is the Role of the Economic Developer?" The session will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 10:45 am to 12:15 pm in British Ballroom A. Principal and managing director Jon Roberts will facilitate a Leadership Roundtable. Tom Stellman, our president and CEO, will also be present. If you�re attending, be sure to catch up with one of our team members.
Where Are We Now?
TIP continues to build our national presence, with projects underway in Asheville, North Carolina; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Fargo, North Dakota. Click here for an interactive map of the locations where TIP is currently working.