Rick Brammer has over twenty years experience applying computer and information technology to socioeconomic estimates and projections, and economic and fiscal impact assessments in Arizona and around the West. He has performed these analyses for both public and private sector clients. His public sector clients have included state and local government agencies, economic development corporations, school districts and regional associations of government. Private sector clients have included utilities, retailers and real estate developers.
He has prepared numerous database simulation models to estimate and project economic and fiscal impacts of proposed real estate developments and policy changes. Mr. Brammer has co-authored software developed to allow cities to evaluate the economic and fiscal impacts of a prospective business for the purpose of evaluating potential economic development incentives. Mr. Brammer has designed and implemented computer-based models to perform small area estimates and projections for Maricopa County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada. These models estimate and project socioeconomic data for hundreds of Traffic Analysis Zones in each county for the purpose of transportation planning. Mr. Brammer has also developed micro-area (quarter-section) enrollment forecasting software for over 25 school districts in Arizona. In addition, he has created databases, analysis tools and marketing collateral materials in support of economic development activities including retail market studies, prospect tracking databases, target industry studies, site location studies, and interactive operating cost comparisons.
Mr. Brammer has a bachelor's degree in computer science with a minor in economics from the University of Oregon. He began his career with Mountain West Research, a regional economic and real estate consulting company located in Phoenix in 1986. Mr. Brammer has continued to work as an economic consultant with Coopers & Lybrand, who acquired Mountain West in 1990, and later with Economic Strategies Group. In 1995, Mr. Brammer left Economic Strategies Group to co-found Applied Economics.