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Regionomics focuses on local economies – their industries, their people, their workforce, and their growth and change. We understand the relationship between economic development and workforce development and know that neither can succeed without the other.

Reports and analyses are written in clear English. But we don’t simply leave you with a report. We work with you to implement the strategies to help you improve your community and the lives of the people in it.

Bill LaFayette, Ph.D., owner of Regionomics, is a skilled economic advisor with nearly 20 years of experience in economic development and workforce strategy.

  • Founded Regionomics in 2011.
  • 12 years as vice president of economic analysis for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce – the key economic development entity for the Central Ohio region.
    • Brought understanding of Central Ohio economy to policy initiatives of the Chamber and local communities.
    • Supported workforce initiatives of the Chamber with analysis and policy collaboration.
    • Primary Chamber media and community spokesperson for economic issues.
  • Four years as research coordinator for Rickenbacker Port Authority, which owned and managed the cargo-dedicated Rickenbacker International Airport and Foreign-Trade Zone.
    • Tracked, monitored, and forecasted cargo activity and landings for reporting and budgeting.
    • Researched air cargo markets and the logistics industry.
  • Served on finance and real estate faculties of the University of North Texas and Ashland University.
  • Ph.D., real estate economics, The Ohio State University (1994).

Download Bill’s complete bio here.

“I’ve worked with Bill LaFayette and Regionomics for a number of projects over the years where both current data and insightful analysis was critical. What I appreciate about Bill is that he understands economic and community development, and the importance of data to the work of policymakers and practitioners.”

Mark Barbash, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives; Finance Fund