UCED Staff

Thomas Harris
Director
E-mail Address: harris@unr.edu

Tom Harris is a Foundation Professor in the Department of Economics in the College of  BusinessÍž State Extension Specialists in Community and Economic Development in  University of Nevada Cooperative ExtensionÍž faculty Member in the Nevada Agricultural  Experiment StationÍž and the Director of the University Center for Economic  Development at the University of Nevada, Reno. He obtained his Ph.D. in agricultural  economics at Oklahoma State University in 1981 and has been a member of the UNR  faculty since 1981. Dr. Harris has worked extensively with Nevada communities in  estimating economic and fiscal impacts for developments in the state, estimating potential  economic clusters for development, impacts from changes in public land management  and surface water allocations, and presentations on current and future Nevada and local  economic trends.  Dr. Harris's primary areas of teaching, research and extension are rural  economic development, economic impact modeling, and feasibility studies. Tom is a  member of the University Economic Development Association, Educational Association  of University Centers, American Agricultural Economics Association, Western  Agricultural Economics Association, and Western Regional Science Association.

Frederick Steinmann
Assistant Research Professor & Economic Development Specialist
Email: fred@unr.edu

Dr. Frederick Steinmann began his professional economic development career with the Reno Redevelopment Agency in the City of Reno, Nevada.  Since then, he has worked for the Nevada Small Business Development Center, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, and for the Carson Economic Development Services Department in the City of Carson, California.  Frederick has also worked as a Senior Associate for David Paul Rosen & Associates, one of the elite economic development and public policy consulting firms in California.  Frederick earned his Doctorate in Policy, Planning, and Development, with areas of study including economic development, public policy, public finance, and real estate development, from the University of Southern California with the successful defense of his dissertation titled, "The Twilight of the Local Redevelopment Era:  The Past, Present, and Future of Urban Revitalization and Urban Economic Development in Nevada and California."  He also earned a Bachelor's of Science and Masters of Science in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno.  He is currently a member of the International Economic Development Council, the American Society for Public Administration, and the American Planning Association.

Malieka Landis
Research Analyst
E-mail Address: maliekal@unr.edu

Malieka Landis received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Applied Economics and her Master of Science in Resource Economics from UNR. She worked for the UCED while a student, and in 2010 began working for UCED full-time as a Research Analyst. Malieka works on a variety of projects to develop applied tools that assist individuals, businesses, and municipalities in making economic decisions. A few projects of which she is a key contributor include Herds and Harvest (individualized enterprise budgets for agricultural producers), Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (modify existing Input-Output models using representative agriculture budgets refined with primary data), Area Sector Analysis Program (matches industries and communities based on compatibility and desirability), and conducting economic impact studies of special events on the Reno-Tahoe region which includes onsite primary data collection through surveys. Malieka specializes in data management and analysis including survey design implementation. In addition to survey work, she develops budgets for economic decision making, primarily for agricultural producers and industries. While Malieka was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, she has lived in Reno since 2004. Living in the Sierra Nevada allows Malieka to take advantage of the world-class rock climbing, skiing, and hiking that she enjoys in her free time.

Ethan Grumstrup
Graduate Student Researcher
Email: ethang@nevada.unr.edu

Ethan Grumstrup is a graduate student and student researcher for the University Center for Economic Development. He obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Economics at UNR in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Economics at UNR. Ethan worked in banking prior to joining the UCED. As a researcher, Ethan conducts data analyses for various prokects. Specifically, he has conducted economic impact analyses of events in the state of Nevada, such as the operation and expansion of a rural hospital. He has also compiled and analyzed data for the Area Sector Analysis Program (ASAP) to assist various communities around the country in shaping their economic development. In his free time, Ethan is an avid gamer, and enjoys hiking and snowboarding in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains.

Sarah Honeycutt
Graduate Research Assistant
E-mail Address: shoneycutt@unr.edu

Sarah Honeycutt is a Graduate Research Assistant with the University Center for Economic Development and a Master's student in the Economic department in the College of Business at UNR. She has a well-rounded education that includes a Bachelor of Science in Geography along with a minor in Information Systems. Her recent work history includes Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Association, and the Nevada Division of Minerals. Current work with the UCED includes automation of data cleaning, conducting economic impact analysis for various regions and topics, statistical determination of demographic differences, spatial statistical analysis, and map creation. She has conducted analysis to help rural counties determine where and how community supported agriculture (CSA) can be supported. Her thesis work is based on a collaboration project between University of Nevada - Reno, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and the Desert Research Institute, developing a smart grid and utility scale renewable energy production facilities in the state of Nevada. She enjoys deep sky photography, snowboarding, and hiking.