Evidence Based Economic Impacts for a Wind Farm Project: Developing Estimates Using Construction and Lifecycle Data

The webinar explored the use of experienced-based data to estimate the economic impacts of a wind farm development on a county in Michigan using a custom-designed REMI model. Estimates were created for both the build out of the facility as we well as the operations. The operations estimates included three components for the 30-year expected life-cycle of the facility. These included: operations & maintenance, payments to landowners, and payments to units of government.

This guest webinar was conducted by Jim Robey, Principal at Robey Analytics and Albert Jongewaard, a Senior Development Manager at Apex Clean Energy, Inc.

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Analyzing the Social and Economic Impact of Broadband Investment

We hope you can join us for our upcoming webinar, “Analyzing the Social and Economic Impact of Broadband Investment” which is is being hosted on October 12th from 2:00-3:00 PM E.T. by our Analyst Jeffrey Dykes. Click the button above to register.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allotted $65 billion to expand high-speed broadband services nationwide. In this webinar, Jeff will model how this investment affects workforce development, improves infrastructure, and incentivizes domestic job creation. We will use our PI+ model aided by our SEI module as the base of this analysis. SEI is the premium modeling solution for evaluating the socioeconomic indicators of projects, programs, and policy changes. We will use SEI to model how broadband expansion and investment will affect different demographics and increase digital equity. Jeff will also demonstrate how SEI can be used to evaluate the social economic effects of investments across other utilities.

POSTPONED: The Economic and Equity Impact of Expanding Medicaid in Alabama

This webinar has been postponed indefinitely. 

This webinar is being hosted by Jennifer Green, the director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Jacksonville State University. Scroll down to learn more about Ms. Green and her work.

During this presentation, Ms. Green will provide an overview of Alabama’s current status among Medicaid expansion nationwide and review findings from the statewide report published by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama in January 2022, of which she was a co-author. Further demographic analysis has since been conducted utilizing REMI’s SEI model, and the findings of this analysis will also be overviewed by REMI staff joining Ms. Green on this webinar.

Jennifer Green 
Jacksonville State University
Center for Economic Development and Business Research

Jennifer Green is the director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Jacksonville State University as well as one of its alumni (MBA, 2013). The center provides economic analysis as well as other economic development services to clients at the local, state, regional and federal level.  Recently, the Green began to incorporate her talents in GIS to bring a spatial analysis component to the center. Her work with GIS and Business Analysis demonstrates the role that a geographic analysis can play in supporting business needs in the community.  Green leads the CEDBR in its mission to provide accurate, timely and reliable information and analysis to inform decision-making in the public and private sectors. She also chairs a regional economic group made up of professionals from different agencies to collaborate on local and regional development programs and projects. Green sits on the Board of Directors for the Association for University Business and Economic Research.

REMI Model Training Series

The REMI Model Training Series will provide current and prospective REMI users with expert solutions to their model support questions and inquiries. The REMI model is a software solution that simplifies complex relationships between policies and your economy. Our experts will showcase how to utilize powerful features and tools within the REMI model. REMI analysts will also guide you through your selection and use of a REMI model while providing technical support and solutions to your key questions. We hope that you can join us!

Training #1 – PI+ Watch recording here

“Modeling the Gas Tax Holiday in PI+”

Wednesday, July 6, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
– Impacts of government regulation
– Economic development

Training #2: Tax-PI Watch recording here

“Tax-PI for Fiscal Analysis”

Wednesday, July 20, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
– Fiscal effects of tax incentives
– Revenue estimating and projections

Training #3: E3+ Watch recording here
Wednesday, August 3, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
– Environmental impacts on the economy
– Policy and economic impact on the environment

Training #4: TranSight 5.0 Watch recording here
Wednesday, August 17, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
– Navigating TranSight 5.0
– Economic impact of transportation projects and project prioritization
– Long-range plan

Site Selection and Workforce Development Strategies

Our webinar “Site Selection and Workforce Development Strategies,” was presented on June 23rd from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (E.T.), by Philip Meneghini, an associate at REMI.   

Mr. Meneghini analyzed the factors surrounding site selection and workforce development strategies using the electric vehicle battery producer Proterra as an example. We used our PI+ model aided by our SEI model to build the base of our analysis. The PI+ model helps model and examine regions’ economic future, and SEI helps evaluate the socio-economic indicators and implications of projects. These tools are powerful and can be utilized across various industries.   

Electric vehicles have dramatically increased demand due to higher gasoline prices, government restrictions on combustion engines, and environmental concerns. Based in Burlingame, California, Proterra is building a third factory in Greer, South Carolina, to increase its capacity of electric batteries to meet this demand. The factory will create over 200 new jobs for the Greer community. Proterra is already at the forefront of innovation for commercial vehicle electrification technology. This new factory will now allow them to produce batteries on the east coast, close to their own Proterra Transit electric bus manufacturing facilities.   

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