Bay Area-based Brion Economics provides realistic, insightful, and savvy analysis on new development projects, planning studies and public policy throughout California. Joanne Brion founded the firm in 2000, conceived as a nimble and responsive group that can scale up or down to match the assignment and client’s needs and resources.
Brion Economics has become well known in the field, with projects coming mainly through client referrals or from consultants the firm has collaborated with over the years.
The firm’s bottom line is contributing to the public good, as well as supporting the principles of new urbanism, sustainable development, and neighborhood livability. “It’s really all about balance,” says Joanne. “We believe careful listening and skillful consensus building leads to an outcome that works for everyone.”
Who we serve
Brion Economics assists cities and counties in working with developers, community groups and neighborhoods. The goal is to help invested parties understand the economic opportunities and constraints, and aid in generating practical and beneficial development plans and policies.
For the private sector, the firm helps create fiscally sound development proposals and assists in the entitlement process. Services also include advice on financial issues relating to growth, development, environmental review, and land use.
Types of projects
The firm provides customized analyses to shape projects and planning studies in the form of:
- fiscal impact studies
- development impact fee nexus studies
- case studies and white papers
- child care analyses
- market and financial assessments
- public policy evaluation