Alfie Meek, Ph.D.

Dr. Meek is the Director of the Community Innovation Services team with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2).   In this position he manages a team of eight economic development professionals and represents Georgia Tech’s economic development initiatives to communities throughout Georgia. His current areas of special focus include forecasting and modeling, economic and fiscal impact analysis, work-force issues, tax policy, and target industry analysis.

Training and Course Work: Alfie is a Certified Community Researcher (CCR) and a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the Southern Economic Development Council  (SEDC),  and  the  Georgia  Economic  Developers  Association  (GEDA).    In addition  to  his  research,  he  speaks  widely  on  topics  relating  to  economics  and economic development and is frequently a speaker at economic development courses and conferences across the country.   He also teaches courses in economics and advanced multivariate statistics at Georgia Gwinnett College.

He has also written for economic development-related publications, as well as other periodicals. His research on the size and economic impact of the U.S. sports industry was published in Sport Marketing Quarterly.  This research into the sports industry has been written about and referenced in numerous publications — USA Today, Georgia Trend,  Financial  Times  London,  Fortune  Magazine,  and  Investors  Business  Daily, among others.

Prior Economic Development Experience: Prior to joining EI2, Alfie worked as the economic analysis director for Gwinnett County where  he  oversaw  the  county’s  economic  development  program  as  well  as  its forecasting and research efforts. Two years ago, Alfie played a significant role in one of Georgia’s largest economic development successes – the move of Fortune 500 corporation NCR to Georgia.  He also was involved in the relocation of baseball’s Gwinnett Braves and played a key role in the attraction of high-tech companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Advanced Micro Devices.

In addition to his position with Gwinnett County, Alfie previously worked as the director of applied research at the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center, as an economist and project director with Georgia Tech’s former Center for Economic Development Services, as a research economist for SunTrust Banks, Inc., and as a budget and expense/revenue analyst for International Business Machines Corp.

Alfie earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgia Tech, a master’s degree in business economics from Georgia State University, and a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Georgia.

Alfie Meek, Ph.D. Director of Community Innovation Services - GA Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

Alfie Meek, Ph.D.

Director of Community Innovation Services - GA Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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