Inflation, Disparities, and Regional Economies

[Slides] Inflation, Disparities, and Regional Economies – Frederick Treyz, Ph.D. & May Lin, REMI

[Recording] Inflation, Disparities, and Regional Economies – Frederick Treyz, Ph.D. & May Lin, REMI

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index has increased by 6.8% in November over the previous year.

Rapidly increasing prices are causing federal decision-makers to rethink monetary and fiscal policy, potentially creating headwinds in the economic recovery.

On Wednesday, December 22, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), we will be hosting “Inflation, Disparities, and Regional Economies,” our special webinar presentation that focuses on regional economic dynamics and how inflation may exacerbate economic disparities across income and other demographic groups.

Investing in Broadband Infrastructure

[Slides] Investing in Broadband Infrastructure – Guyesha Blackshear, REMI

Access to affordable and reliable broadband is an essential element of 21st-century infrastructure and promotes economic competitiveness.

On Thursday, December 9, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), we will be hosting “Investing in Broadband Infrastructure,” our special webinar presentation that examines the demographic, economic, and fiscal effects of investing in broadband.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law in November 2021 by President Biden, provides $65 billion in new funding for expanding broadband infrastructure and promoting adoption in America. We will demonstrate the economic impact of federally-backed broadband expansion during this presentation using our premiere add-on module, REMI Socioeconomic Indicators (SEI).

REMI SEI clarifies the changes technology improvements play in orchestrating greater mobility, economic development, and improved quality of life for various communities. This dynamic module provides granular insights to explore the forecasted differences for output variables, such as jobs and labor force participation by race/gender, educational attainment, inflation impacts, and income quintiles.

Economic Impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

[Slides] Economic Impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill – Peter Evagelakis, Ph.D. and Haozheyi Guan, REMI

[Slides] Economic Impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill – Peter Evagelakis, Ph.D. and Haozheyi Guan, REMI

On Monday, November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill into law, which will fund national surface and waterway transit, broadband expansion, power grid resilience, and other infrastructure projects.

To explore the effects of this legislation, we will be hosting “Economic Impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill,” our upcoming webinar presentation on Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET).

This discussion will consider the critical economic effects of the infrastructure investments outlined in this framework using the REMI economic model, focusing on how state and local governments can evaluate the potential impacts of federal infrastructure funding on their regions.

Forecasts and Policy Analysis – Don Grimes, University of Michigan

[SLIDES] Forecasts and Policy Analysis – Don Grimes, University of Michigan

[RECORDING] Forecasts and Policy Analysis – Don Grimes, University of Michigan

Decision-makers rely on the relevant and reliable insights that forecasting produces to make informed policy decisions.

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, REMI hosted a webinar,” Forecasts and Policy Analysis, with special guest Don Grimes, Regional Economic Specialist for the University of Michigan’s Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics (RSQE).

This discussion explored the complete forecast and analysis of GDP and its major components, unemployment, prices, interest rates, foreign trade, and more produced by RSQE.

REMI Client Webinar Series:
Energy and Environmental Policy

The increasing growth of renewable energy opportunities for power networks is rapidly transforming the energy industry. Given the potential for nationwide impacts, energy and environmental policy leaders must understand how communities will be affected as innovation and evolution take hold in energy markets.

We invite you to join us for our REMI Client Webinar Series to be held from Tuesday, January 11 to Tuesday, February 1, 2022. During this four-part webinar series, our expert speakers will explore critical policy questions that guide policy, programs, and analysis in energy and environmental industries.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each webinar presentation.


Tuesday, January 11th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
“Estimating the Economic Impacts of Wind Farms”
[Slides] / [Recording]
Jim Robey, Ph.D.

Tuesday, January 18, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
“Assessing the Economic Value of Recreational Assets”
[Slides] / [Recording]
Luis Nieves-Ruiz

Tuesday, January 25, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
“Energy-Related Policy Modeling”
[Slides] / [Recording]
Scott Nystrom

Tuesday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
“The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Connecticut’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies”
[Slides] / [Recording]
Stan McMillen, Ph.D.


Jim Robey, Ph.D. is Principal of Robey Analytics, LLC, a professional consulting firm specializing in economic development, workforce development, and site selection services. Jim is an applied economist, economic developer, and site selection consultant with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with corporate, nonprofit, and economic and workforce development organizations in problem-solving, strategy, and policy decision-making from the local to the national levels. His expertise includes industry studies, applied occupational analysis, economic impact analysis, economic impact modeling, economic and workforce development research and analysis, and site selection assistance. Prior experience includes directing regional research initiatives, economic development, and site selection at both nonprofit and for-profit entities. Mr. Robey earned his Ph.D. in Urban Studies, with an emphasis in Economic Development, and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Luis Nieves-Ruiz serves as Economic Development Manager for the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, a council of governments located in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Nieves-Ruiz’s areas of expertise include economic impact analysis, health, and regional food systems planning, and industry cluster analysis. His professional and volunteer work has been recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, the Wallace Center at Winrock International, NADO, ULI, Toastmasters International, Next City, and Leadership Florida. Mr. Nieves-Ruiz holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Scott Nystrom is a Senior Director at FTI Consulting and is based in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Nystrom is in the Network Industry Strategies (“NIS”) practice within the Economic Consulting segment. He is an expert on macroeconomic, regional, and energy modeling and applies them to policy analysis and economic impact analysis. For the past eight years, Mr. Nystrom has conducted studies related to economic growth, climate, energy, fiscal policy, and demographics for federal agencies, numerous state and local governments, nonprofits, trade associations, utilities, major corporations, and law firms. His areas of research have included energy and the environment, infrastructure, economic development, healthcare, project development, capital investments, labor markets, international trade, and federal/state fiscal policy. Mr. Nystrom earned a Bachelor’s in History, a Bachelor’s in Economics, and a Master’s degree in Economic History from Iowa State University.

Stanley McMillen, Ph.D. is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Consultant at the University of Connecticut. He previously retired in 2012 from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development where he was Managing Economist for six years. During his tenure at UCONN, he managed the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis. Dr. McMillen has taught Economics at UCONN, Trinity College, and Connecticut College and does consultant analysis on a variety of economic issues. Prior to joining the UCONN team, he worked in the aerospace, CAD/CAM, and medical device industries for 25 years before obtaining his doctorate in Economics at UCONN in 2005.