Jerry Paytas, Ph.D.

Director of Research, GSP Consulting

Adjunct Professor, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management

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Jerry is the Director of Research at GSP Consulting.  He has held positions in private planning and consulting firms, the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Western Pennsylvania (BFTC/WP), and was formerly the Director of the Center for Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University.  The CED is a reliable, neutral entity that provides fact-based policy analysis and recommendations to drive regional economic development. Jerry has initiated several multi-organizational, collaborative efforts to provide economic development and business services throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.  He also teaches Urban and Regional Economic Development at the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. 

 Jerry 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. Jerry has conducted research on the relationship between governance and competitiveness, the economic impact of development strategies and the creation of technology cluster strategies.  Jerry was the principal investigator in the EDA’s 2004 study, Universities and the Development of Industry Clusters.  He developed the new standard definition of technology industries for use with the new NAICS coding system for the State Science and Technology Institute. Jerry was a contributor to Sunbelt/Frostbelt: Public Policies and Market Forces in Metropolitan Development, a 2005 Brookings Institution publication. Jerry also served as President of The Economic Club of Pittsburgh in 2005.

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