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.

Workforce, Workforce, Workforce: How TIP Strategies Visualizes EMSI Employment Data

Following her presentation at EMSI's 2013 User Conference last October, our senior consultant, Karen Beard, was invited to write a guest post for EMSI's blog. The post details some of the ways we use EMSI's employment data, combined with our experience conducting economic development and workforce projects across the county, to answer key workforce-related questions. Read more...


Closing The Gap Between Manufacturing Employers’ Needs And Workers’ Skills

This month, Area Development profiles initiatives that bridge the manufacturing skills gap by fostering greater collaboration among economic development, workforce, and education. The article highlights a North Louisiana partnership between Benteler Steel/Tube and Bossier Parish Community College as part of the state's "Facilities with a Purpose" strategy. Kudos to our client, the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, for being at the cutting edge of workforce and economic development! Read more...


John Karras Joins The TIP Team As Consultant

TIP is pleased to announce the addition of a new consultant, John Karras. John has managed dozens of consulting engagements for economic development organizations and corporate clients in communities across the US. Prior to becoming an economic development consultant, John worked as a project manager with the nation's largest city transportation agency (NYCDOT) in the Division of Planning & Sustainability. Welcome, John! Read more...


It's Not About Incentives: Toyota's Texas Move Is A Corporate-Culture Gambit

The $40 million incentive package Texas offered Toyota to relocate its North American headquarters was less than the automaker may have received in other states. So, what influenced the final selection? Texas’s position as a gateway to both Canada and Mexico, lower operating costs, a lower cost of living, and a friendly business climate all factored into the decision to make Texas Toyota’s new home. Read more...


KABA Speaker: Companies Must Keep Up With Shifting Norms, Advancing Technology

Jon Roberts, a principal with TIP Strategies, was invited by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) to provide the keynote address at their annual meeting in March. Jon’s presentation focused on the impacts of disruptive technology and the effect this will have on Kenosha's economic development efforts. Read more...


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