Hodge Economic Consulting provides a unique combination of rigorous, data driven quantitative economic policy analysis with a significant depth of experience developing strategic plans and policy initiatives.
He works seamlessly with public sector, non-profit, and private sector clients, often interpreting and formulating input from a range of stakeholders into a logical, compelling set of issues, opportunities, goals, and policy recommendations. HEC collaborates with clients and stakeholders teams on key economic, transportation, workforce, grant funding, housing, and strategic planning initiatives. Dan also collaborates frequently with national economic, planning, and infrastructure strategic consulting partners to deliver critical projects, communicating complex information in clearly written report documents and compelling presentations.
Before launching his own consulting practice, Dan was the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute, leading a team of over 12 full-time professionals on a wide-range of client-driven economic policy consulting projects throughout Massachusetts, New England and beyond. Concurrently, he was the Managing Editor of MassBenchmarks, providing frequent studies and articles on the Massachusetts economy. Prior to that, he served as Principal Economist at HDR Decision Economics, and Senior Associate at Cambridge Systematics, primarily leading a series of transportation and economic development projects, feasibility studies, and strategic plans for public and non-profit clients throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Dan has also worked at Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) with a focus on economic impact modeling, Employment Research Corporation with emphasis on labor market analysis, and in KPMG’s state and local tax policy economics group. Dan earned his Master of Arts in Applied Economics and Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Business from Lafayette College.
A sample of clients that Dan has worked closely with over his career include:
- State/regional economic development: Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, MassEcon, Enterprise Florida, Kansas Inc., Economic Development Research Institute (FL), MassINC
- Transportation agencies: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), MassDOT, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA), New Hampshire DOT
- Regional planning: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), Appalachian Regional Commission
- Development agencies: Boston Redevelopment Authority, MassDevelopment, DevelopSpringfield, New York City Economic Development Corporation
- Chambers of commerce: Greater Holyoke Chamber, Metro South Chamber (Brockton), Cambridge (MA) Chamber, Florida Chamber Foundation