Jim is the managing principal with McDowell Group and the firm’s senior economic analyst. Jim’s specialties include economic and socioeconomic impact analyses, cost/benefit analyses, business feasibility studies, community economic planning, and local, regional, and statewide economic profiles.
Since joining the firm in 1986, he has conducted socioeconomic impact analyses for a broad range of Alaska resource development projects and industries including seafood, tourism, oil and mining industries.
Jim has also conducted community-level business and economic modeling and analyses in Anchorage, Fairbanks, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kodiak, the Northwest Arctic Borough, the Southwest Alaska region, Cordova, Valdez, and virtually every community in Southeast Alaska.
Jim’s formal education includes a master’s in Mineral Economics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He earned his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University.
He is a lifelong Alaskan, born in Ketchikan and raised in Juneau.
His community service contributions include six years on the Board of Directors for Eaglecrest Ski Area (including four years as President) and seven years on the Juneau Mountain Rescue Board of Directors. Jim currently serves as President of Eaglecrest Foundation.