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Stephens named to Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee

Heather Stephens
Heather Stephens, associate professor of resource economics and management in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, was recently appointed to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee. 

The Bureau produces some of the world’s most closely watched economic statistics including those related to the U.S. gross domestic product, state and local/regional statistics, and foreign trade and investment statistics. 

As a member of the committee, Stephens, an expert in regional policy and development, will help advise the Bureau’s director on matters related to the development and improvement of those statistics. The committee includes experts from the economics profession, academia, business and government. 

“I am honored to serve with my distinguished colleagues in this capacity,” she said. “This is an exciting opportunity to ensure that we continue to have access to quality and timely economic data, especially at the local and regional level, that is essential to analyzing the economic outcomes of policies and other changes in the economy.” 

In addition to this new role, Stephens serves as the chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, on the Advisory Council for the Ohio River Valley Institute, and on the editorial boards of Growth and Change and Regional Science Policy and Practice.

She also has experience working for a U.S. congressman, on strategic partnership development for a Fortune 100 company, as a local economic development director, and on regional economic development at a university-based applied research institute. 

Stephens will serve a three-year term with an option to renew for up to two additional consecutive terms.

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