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Dr. Janet Kelly  Brief Biography | Complete CV | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Phone: (502) 852-2435      
Executive Director      

Janet is a Professor of Urban and Public Affairs and the Executive Director of the Urban Studies Institute.  She spent ten years in state and local government finance prior to her academic career. State and local finance, along with regional economics, remains the focus of her research. She is the Census Bureau’s Business and Industry Data Center (BIDC) leader for Kentucky.  


 

Dr. Paul Coomes  | Brief Biography | Complete CV | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  |      
Emeritus Professor      

Paul is a retired Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville and a special consultant to USI. His area of expertise is regional economics, especially Kentucky and the Louisville region. Paul has been informing policy decisions through applied research in Louisville for 25 years, making him one of the most knowledgeable and experienced economists in the Commonwealth.


 

Michael Price  | Brief Biography Complete CV | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  |       
Special Consultant      

Michael has spent the last 30 years as Kentucky’s official state demographer, studying and documenting changes in people and places in every county, city and legislative district in Kentucky. Over the course of those 30 years, he has produces scores of population, housing and other demographic trends reports that have been used for long range planning by governments and nonprofits, or for business expansion by private developers. Michael joins USI for special projects requiring his expertise.


 

Barry J. Kornstein  | Brief Biography Complete CV | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Phone: (502) 852-2436       
Research Manager      

Barry is a Research Manager in the Urban Studies Institute.  His academic background is in statistics and political science, and he has spent the last twenty years examining economic impacts, human capital, the regional workforce and demographic change. His research has been sponsored by state and local government agencies, economic development organizations, business and trade groups, utilities, and nonprofits.  He’s particularly adept at using USI’s economic impact modeling software to estimate the net impact of existing businesses and new economic development ventures.


 

Tom Sawyer Brief Biography | Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Phone: (502) 852-8913     
Reserach Manager      

Tom is a Research Manager for the Kentucky State Data Center and KSDC’s liason for population research to the US Census Bureau. Tom regularly contributes his expansive knowledge of Census data and data extraction tools is to USI’s research efforts. Tom is an excellent statistician, and advises USI staff on research design and data analysis.


 

Sarah Ehresman  | Brief Biography | Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Phone: (502) 852-7990     
Research Manager      

Sarah is a Research Manager for the Kentucky State Data Center and regularly contributes her expertise in GIS mapping, regional economics and vital statistics to USI. When you make an inquiry via the USI website, Sarah will respond to your inquiry or forward it to the right staff member for a response.


 

Sarin Adhikari  | Brief Biography | Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Phone: (502) 852-8312      
Urban Studies Institute Fellow      

Sarin is completing his doctoral work in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs while he provides USI with expertise in formal modeling and data analysis. Trained as an architect, he enjoys spatially linking data to geography and people to place. 


 

Pratiksha Bhattarai  | Brief Biography | Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Phone: (502) 852-8312     
Research Assistant      

Pratiksha is an urban planner with expertise in statistics and spatial analysis. She joins USI for special projects such as USI’s effort to benchmark Louisville’s quality of place indicators with those in other cities in the United States.


 

Bridget Kelly  | Brief Biography | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Phone: (502) 852-1805     
Graduate Research Assistant      

 Bridget is a joint MPA/JD student at the University of Louisville. She has an interest in public law, is an excellent writer and enjoys research of all kinds. We rely on Bridget when our research activities take us into the Kentucky Revised Statutes and agency rules.

 

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