Dr. Martin Shields is Professor of Economics at Colorado State University. His research program focuses on the factors that influence regional economic growth, emphasizing policy options that will enhance economic opportunities and quality of life for Colorado residents. Professor Shields develops economic models to identify regional competitive advantages and manners by which these advantages are reinforced and strengthened through public-private partnerships. Dr. Shields has published more than 25 scholarly articles and book chapters, and has presented his findings in hundreds of public presentations. He joined Colorado State University after working for 8 years at The Pennsylvania State University.

Michael Marturana is the research economist in Colorado State University’s Office of Engagement. Mr. Marturana earned his B.A. from The University of Arizona and a M.A. from Colorado State University (CSU), both in economics. Prior to joining CSU, Mr. Marturana developed his expertise in data management as a capacity planner for American Express.

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