About TIP Strategies

TIP Strategies is a privately held Austin based economic development consulting firm committed to providing quality solutions for public & private sector clients.

Skills Gap: Reality or Myth?

The presumed mismatch between the skills of the workforce and the needs of employers, commonly referred to as the “skills gap,” has garnered the attention of politicians, employers, economic developers, and professionals in workforce and education. This issue will be the subject of discussion led by TIP’s president and CEO, Tom Stellman, at the Texas Economic Development Council’s 2013 Legislative Conference this week. Read more...


San Marcos Airport Market Study

TIP, in partnership with Bob Wernersbach, recently completed a market study for the San Marcos Regional Airport (HYI). Communities often face the challenge of how to leverage an airport as an economic development asset. San Marcos provides a useful example of how to approach this challenge for general aviation airports, in particular. Read more...


McKinsey Tries to Recruit Mothers Who Left the Fold

The issue of lost women workers remains a delicate one for many companies, particularly in highly skilled professions, such as consulting or banking. After spending their 20s in high-intensity jobs, many women leave or switch to part-time work when they have children. Most companies simply acknowledge the departures and move on, but some of them are starting to recruit talented women who are ready to resume work. Read more...


Helping Start-Ups With Local Support and National Networks

Even in this era of social networks and venture conferences, start-ups are still surprisingly disconnected on a national level. Startup America, a nonprofit organization with an all-star cast of deep-pocketed backers, is trying to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and investors across the country. Read more...


The Geography of Jobs: Updated Through December 2012!

Check out the most recent iteration of our Geography of Jobs data visualization, which illustrates the year-year job gains (or losses) for the 100 most populated metro areas of the country. Read more...


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