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

Austin Vs. Seattle: Talent, Innovation, And Place

Now that TIP Strategies has a permanent presence in both Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington, we’ve been having fun comparing and contrasting the two regions. Our staff members, John Karras of Austin and Jeff Marcell of Seattle, explore the many attributes that make Austin and Seattle two of the coolest, fastest-growing cities in the US. Read more...


Labor Study Completed For Frisco, Texas: Reveals High Concentration Of IT Workers

TIP Strategies recently completed a comprehensive analysis of the labor market for Frisco, Texas. Conducted on behalf of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation (FEDC), the study highlights the region’s advantage with regard to labor, a key criteria in corporate investment decisions. Findings point to both labor availability and quality. Read more...


Finally, Clear Performance Data For Comparing The World's Cities

The first-ever set of ISO standards for world cities has been created. City policymakers will now have objective standards to compare their services and performance with other cities around the world using verified measures ranging from education to public safety to water and sanitation. Read more...


What Are You Going To Do With That Degree?

A new interactive data visualization from Ben Schmidt, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University and core faculty at the NuLab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, visualizes employment and education data from the American Community Survey. The figure explores the relationships between college majors and professions. Read More....


How To Spark Downtown Development

Federal Way, WA, recently made a $32 million gamble by deciding to move ahead with construction of a performing arts and conference center. In economic development circles, this is known as a “catalyst project.” The Puget Sound Business Journal recently spoke with TIP's Jeff Marcell about such projects, and what makes some successful. Read more...


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