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Sarah Murley is an economist with 20 years experience in urban and regional economic analysis, particularly in economic development and public finance. Ms. Murley is an experienced economic modeler, researcher, and analyst. She has performed engagements for a wide range of public sector clients including city and county governments, economic development corporations, and utilities in across the country.

In her experience as an economic consultant, Ms. Murley has assisted many communities in creating economic development strategies. She has conducted economic base analyses, business climate assessments, target industry analyses, and labor market analyses, and incentive comparisons for numerous cities, counties, states and economic development agencies.

In addition to economic development, Ms. Murley has applied her computer-based modeling experience to construct economic and fiscal impact models as well as developing long term financial projection models for municipalities. These economic and fiscal impact models have been applied to a range of problems from proposed annexations and land use alternatives for future development to economic development incentive evaluation. Long term financial projection models developed by Ms. Murley have been used by cities to monitor the impacts of various changes in tax rates and fee structures, as well as to project the impact of different land use and absorption patterns.

Sarah Murley earned her Master's degree in economics from Arizona State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from Pomona College in Claremont, California. Her academic background as well as her practical experience provides her with excellent quantitative and analytical abilities. Ms. Murley began her career in economic consulting with Mountain West Research. She went on to work for Coopers & Lybrand and Economic Strategies Group, both in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Murley left Economic Strategies Group along with Rick Brammer in 1995 to establish Applied Economics.