Stuart Andreason is a senior community and economic development advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In his role he researches the role that human capital, education, and workforce development play in economic development.
He earned his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA in May of 2014. He studied community and economic development and urban revitalization, and workforce and human capital policy. While at Penn, he worked on projects that have contributed to creating a framework for national urban sustainability indicators and contributed to research that helps provide an agenda to align workforce development and economic development more closely. He was named a Penn IUR Emerging Scholar in 2014.
Prior to returning to graduate school, Stuart was the Executive Director of the Orange Downtown Alliance, a Virginia Main Street Program and an organization that followed the National Trust Main Street Center model. His duties included economic development, tourism promotion, and managing Transportation Enhancement Program grants for the town as well. While with ODA, he oversaw public space improvements (including the Robertson Memorial Fountain Plaza), expansion and reinvigoration of the town’s Enterprise Zone (an economic development incentive package through partnership with the state), increased investment and job growth, and the designation of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, a four state regional partnership that the Town of Orange is a part of.
Stuart also worked for the Stanardsville Area Revitalization Program (*STAR*). While at *STAR* he wrote a successfully funded grant of over $850,000 through the SAFETEA-LU (the transportation bill) Transportation Enhancement Program. The grant entered design in 2011 and was completed late 2013. It helped to remake the streetscape of historic Stanardsville and provide opportunities for expanded business development as well as increase safety for pedestrians.
In addition to his Ph.D., Stuart holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia School of Architecture. His Master’s thesis is titled, “Can regional approaches to economic development work in Virginia Main Street communities?” and was chaired by Suzanne Morse. While working towards his master’s, he worked for the Pew Partnership for Civic Change and Civic Change, Incorporated. The projects he worked on included research on civic innovation and an assessment of regionalism as an avenue for economic development in Southern Virginia and Danville, Virginia.
Stuart’s future work will include an assessment of educational institutions as a means of business and entrepreneurial recruitment, the roles of less selective postsecondary educational institutions, and examinations of other emerging workforce development, human capital, and economic development issues.