CGS Assistant Director
Team Leader, Workforce Development
Phone: (815) 753-0162
Brian Richard joined CGS in January, 2013. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at the University of Southern Mississippi where he taught courses focused on quantitative research methods, economic development finance, and business recruiting and retention. At CGS, his work concentrates on the evaluation of workforce development programs, impacts of economic development projects, local retail and industrial analysis, and research into the state of the northern Illinois economy.
Brian is editor of the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education. He has extensive experience conducting economic and fiscal impact studies, retail analyses, workforce analyses, and policy studies. Brian wants people to know that CGS has a staff with a diverse set of skills and experience; and that CGS studies much more than government.
Brian was an Army Psychological Operations Specialist. He has earned a Ph.D., in International Development; Master of Science in Applied Economics; and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance. He also holds an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification. Brian has completed multiple marathons and triathlons, including an Ironman triathlon.