Debbie Menk, a consultant with over 30 years of experience in advanced manufacturing, energy, and small business development, has joined Emsi as the Director of Consulting for Economic & Workforce Development.
Menk spent the last 11 years at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was the Assistant Director for Sustainability and Economic Development Strategies.
Economic development has long been a focal point for Menk, and she’s eager to apply what she’s learned to help Emsi clients develop data-informed strategies to strengthen their communities.
“My passion is helping a community or company understand what they need to do to be relevant in their business or economy,” Menk said. “That passion fits perfectly with Emsi’s mission of helping communities prosper.”
Menk will lead a team of economists at Emsi that helps economic and workforce development organizations understand their comparative regional strengths, determine target industries for business retention and expansion, analyze workforce availability to assist with business recruitment, and explore career pathways, among other things.
“We are thrilled to have Debbie join our economic and workforce development team. Her economic development and industry experience will be a huge asset as we seek to bless more EDOs and WIBs,” said John Pernsteiner, VP of Economic & Workforce Development at Emsi.
Before working at the Center for Automotive Research, Menk spent a decade at utilities, where she developed a well-rounded view of how a utility functions and how energy is used. While at DTE Energy Resources, she created econometric models to forecast power prices relative to power plant operations and demand forecasts. She also spent time at the Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Resource Data International.
Menk started her career at the Arkansas Small Business Development Center. For seven years, she developed and taught classes for small business owners and helped them secure financing—work that has proven very relevant in economic development.
Menk is a native of Racine, Wisconsin, and holds degrees from Valparaiso University and the Thunderbird School of Global management.
Emsi provides economic and workforce development organizations with labor market insights on their communities and regions to help them grow existing businesses, attract new businesses, and provide meaningful opportunities to their residents. For more information, email us at email@example.com, call 866-999-EMSI (3674), or visit economicmodeling.com.