Mark Schill

Vice President for Research and Co-founder and Managing Editor, New Geography

Mark has 20 years of experience as a community strategic planner,  group facilitator, economic and demographic analyst, communication and public messaging strategist, and event planner.. He is the co-founder and managing editor of the population and economic analysis site and his analysis work has been appeared in Chief Executive, Politico, Forbes, Money Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

Mark has worked on economic development strategies and policy reports in 13 states. Mark has led community multi-stakeholder committees to create visions and plans for downtowns, community housing policy, homelessness, community arts policy, workforce and economic development, and talent strategy.  He has facilitated strategic and visioning meetings for organizations in the nonprofit, energy, health care, insurance and financial sectors and has planned and implemented more than two dozen economic development action summits.

For six years, Mark was the lead analyst, co-author and spokesperson for Enterprising States, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation study that analyzed and profiled economic development efforts in all 50 states. He has contributed to numerous research reports and policy studies covering the Great Plains, Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, America’s emerging growth corridors, the impact of regulation on small business, and female entrepreneurship, as well as multiple specific regions and cities.

Mark was named to the first ever top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders on the Northern Plains by Prairie Business Magazine. Mark has founded networking organizations, served on numerous state and local economic development task forces, and has contributed his expertise as a board member to various nonprofit organizations serving the arts, youth sports, and entrepreneurship communities.