GSP Consulting Launches Economic Architecture Practice; Adds Jerry Paytas as Director of Research

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Government Affairs and Consulting firm adds Carnegie Mellon researcher to staff to build a new practice group within the firm. Jerry Paytas will lead research efforts for the firm in the Economic Architecture practice and across the company's nine offices.

GSP Consulting, a full service government affairs and consulting firm with offices in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Lansing and Ann Arbor, continues on an aggressive growth path. Today they announced the launch of a new Economic Architecture practice and the addition of nationally-known economic development expert Dr. Jerry Paytas. Paytas, formerly of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Economic Development (CED), is known for his extensive research and insight on regional economic potential and challenges and will be an integral part of this new practice within the firm.

Paytas will join GSP in August as Director of Research and he will work with Rich Overmoyer, who was recently promoted to Principal to lead this group. The Economic Architecture practice was created to provide clients with assistance in designing, building and implementing economic strategies. Paytas’ research background will be the perfect addition to GSP’s existing team of economic development experts.

“To say we are thrilled to have Jerry join our firm is an understatement,” GSP principal Rich Overmoyer said. “Jerry brings to GSP’s clients more than fifteen years of expertise in regional development and public policy, as well as the experience of creating collaborative economic development programs throughout the country.”

As the director of the CED – an unbiased research and policy center that provides fact-based policy analysis and recommendations -- Paytas supervised several million dollars worth of regional economic research and worked to raise the profile of the center by creating national partnerships with organizations such as the Brookings Institution, the Corporation for Enterprise Development and the State Science and Technology Institute.

According to Overmoyer, Paytas will bring something truly unique to GSP.

“Jerry’s experience is distinctive because he combines strong research capabilities with a practical sensibility," Overmoyer commented. "Research is at the core of GSPs approach to economic development consulting. Bringing Jerry on board will allow us to provide clients with a realistic product to use in their development efforts. Very few firms in our space can claim this kind of expertise."

Paytas’ research prowess and Overmoyer’s public policy and economic development background is sure to elevate the expanding client list of the Economic Architecture practice which includes the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh, Delaware Economic Development Office, Louisiana Technology Council in New Orleans and TechTown in Michigan.

Paytas is anxious to begin work at GSP to help clients realize, and bring to fruition, their economic development strategies.

“My time at the CED was rewarding and fulfilling but I’m ready to get back into a position where I can see a project beyond the research phase,” Paytas commented. “When the opportunity arose to work with GSP’s Economic Architecture practice, it was extremely compelling. CMU is a wonderful institution and we accomplished great things at the CED, but I believe this is the right move for me professionally and an opportunity to make an even bigger impact nationally.”

Paytas went on to say, “My time at the CED enabled me to do a lot of thinking about economic development and now I am going to be able to help with the implementation with the team at GSP.”

Paytas received a B.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University, a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

To learn more about the GSP Economic Architecture practice, or any of GSP’s services, visit their web site at http://www.gspconsulting.com or contact Rich Overmoyer at 412-765-1180.

About GSP Consulting Corp.

GSP Consulting Corp. was founded in 2001 and today is comprised of three major practice areas: GSP Economic Architecture, GSP Government Affairs, and GSP Development Services. Together, these divisions have generated hundreds of millions in new revenues for clients. They have authored revolutionary public policy, designed and launched ground-breaking economic development initiatives, and built longstanding relationships and networks. GSP retains over 90% of its clients every year.    Headquartered in Pittsburgh, GSP Consulting currently employs 19 people and operates offices in Cleveland, Tampa, Philadelphia, Dover, Del., Washington D.C., Harrisburg, State College, Pa., Lansing, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their diverse client portfolio includes technology, life sciences, economic development and non-profit organizations. For more information about GSP Consulting, visit http://www.gspconsulting.com.

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