Economic Development Analyst

The Goodman Corporation

Houston, TX United States

The Goodman Corporation (TGC) is seeking an Economic Development Analyst to support our planning, project development, and engineering practices. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in conducting economic analysis, economic impact studies, real estate or market analysis or analytical scopes of work at the intersection of planning, development, and infrastructure. Project management and direct client management experience is highly preferred. A bachelor’s degree in economics, quantitative analytics, GIS, real estate, architecture, transportation planning, public policy, urban/regional planning, and/or civil engineering is required.

TGC has over 40 years of experience in developing and implementing infrastructure projects for public and private sector clients primarily in Texas. Typical project types are largely transportation-oriented (roads, sidewalks, public transit facilities and drainage). We specialize in developing projects through the planning and engineering phases that enhance funding and financial strategies that directly lead to project implementation. Once a project has been thoroughly planned and designed, we actively support our clients in the pursuit and management of federal and state funds; we create strategies that maximize the impact of local investments to the community; and we create local consensus to elevate a project’s priority within a community.

To learn more about our firm, visit the TGC website at:


Key Responsibilities:

This individual will work as part of multidisciplinary teams to lead discrete technical tasks, including developing and implementing quantitative analytical approaches; conducting data analysis, economic and financial modeling, literature reviews, and interviews; developing baseline graphics and presentations to communicate key findings; and writing sections of client proposals and deliverables.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate practical knowledge and project-based experience in applying most or all the following tasks and competencies:

  • Collect, assimilate, interpret, and manage project-related data and appropriate methodological approaches for analyzing economic and market data at a range of scales (parcel, district, submarket, municipality or occasionally a county or multi-county region).
  • Designing, testing, and implementing funding and financing strategies for public sector investments.
  • Develop graphical interpretation of complex data analyses using tools such as ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, and/or Adobe InDesign, etc.
  • Apply deep understanding of the national and/or state economic development policy landscape and urban economic analytical methods, key data and reference classifications, related planning principles, and ability to develop complementary analyses to solve complex localized transportation and/or urban planning project challenges.
  • Perform unique or primary research, develop surveys, and catered analysis in support of client needs.
  • Leverage public and private data sets and analytics tools as needed (BEA, BLS, DOL, iPEDS, State Workforce/Commerce/Secretary of State’s Office, IMPLAN, CoStar, ESRI Business Analyst).
  • Leverage knowledge of the federal, state, and local economic and workforce development best practices and incentive programs to meet client objectives.
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge and understanding of macroeconomic business/industry environment and trends and how they may directly or indirectly impact the local planning context.
  • Understand and track the public funding/grants landscape and experience in preparing grant pursuits. 
  • Attend or lead client engagements, stakeholder interviews or workshops, and public meetings.
  • Coordinate with subcontractors and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Assist with business development by identifying opportunities, pursuing leads, and the development of scopes of work and price proposals.


Example Project Types:

  • Local or Regional Economic Development Strategic Plans (inclusive of SWOT analysis, target industry identification and strategy, business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business development, entrepreneurship and innovation, infrastructure to support job growth and goods movement, promoting private development, talent attraction and workforce development, tourism or destination development, economic development marketing)
  • Administration and management consulting for economic development organizations
  • Market Analyses and Market Feasibility Studies for Housing, Master Planned, Industrial or Commercial, Ports or Trade, or Mixed-Use Developments
  • Funding/financing and partnership strategies for public or non-profit sector investments
  • Social equity analysis and equitable policy and strategy development
  • Program / Policy Design and Operations or Implementation Plans
  • Housing Needs Assessments, Affordable Housing or Workforce Housing Demand Studies or Feasibility Analysis
  • Labor Force Analysis
  • Economic Resiliency Studies or Plans
  • Freight and Goods Movement Analysis
  • Economic and Fiscal Impact
  • Economic, Social or Community Benefits Studies



Job Requirements:

  • Working experience in ArcMap/GIS
  • Understand local, state, and federal transit/transportation concepts
  • Strong organizational, writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Ability to apply math and critical thinking skills necessary to perform job tasks
  • Basic computer skills using Microsoft Office package, especially Excel and Word
  • Proficiency in utilizing various computer software packages
  • Field work as required
  • Familiarity with federal, state and local funding pursuit


Terms and Benefits:

  • Salary range of $80,000 to $115,000, commensurate with experience and with the opportunity to garner additional compensation in the form of profit sharing and retirement contribution.
  • Standard and expected 40-hour work week with a family-first and work/life balanced environment; occasional evening/weekend hours required but reimbursed as “comp” time.
  • Four (4) weeks paid vacation time per year with 80 hour “roll over” of any unused time to the following year; sick time as needed.
  • Retirement 401k with 3% automatic employer contribution with up to an additional discretionary 7% annual employer contribution (up to total of 10% of individual salary into 401k at no employee cost).
  • All profits shared amongst ownership/employees and distributed throughout the year.
  • This position will involve less than 10% travel.
  • Medical benefits and dental/vision reimbursement available.
Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$80,000 to $115,000