Beth specializes in land use planning and policy analysis.Methods and Tools Econometric & Statistical Analysis & Modeling
ECONorthwest can construct or deconstruct any econometric and statistical model or analysis.
Eighty percent of the U.S. population lives in cities. Cities and regions are usually the most appropriate scale for thinking about many types of public policy: land use and development, infrastructure, economic development, environmental quality, and social services and equity. In broad terms, the private sector generates growth, and the public sector takes actions to accommodate, encourage, and manage that growth.
ECONorthwest began its planning work 35 years ago with the Oregon planning program. We have completed dozens of planning projects for cities to help them comply with state requirements. Our training in economic and statistical methods has often made us the independent evaluators and facilitators in controversial debates about land use policy:
The Oregon program is both admired and admonished, in Oregon and nationally. It is not perfect—far from it. But Oregon has been at the forefront of many planning ideas that are now getting attention, if not traction, throughout the United States, and ECONorthwest has been there with it evaluating those ideas. That knowledge and analysis is transferable. We assisted:
We have evaluated housing markets in Anchorage; economic impacts of a freeway removal in Seattle; industrial lands in Oklahoma City; urban renewal districts in Billings and Baton Rouge; and regional plans in Portland, Boise, Salt Lake City, Reno, and Tulsa. To every evaluation we bring a clear economic and policy framework, and an ability to explain and adapt it.