Economic & Policy Resources, Inc. (EPR) has been providing private and public sector clients throughout the U.S. and Canada with problem-solving economic research and analysis services for more than 25 years. Our professionals bring a broad spectrum and a deep reservoir of problem-solving knowledge and experience in applied economics to each assignment. We put our capabilities and experience to work for our clients so that they have the insight and understanding necessary to move forward with confidence. EPR has successfully completed assignments throughout the United States and in eastern Canada.
Jeff Carr is the President of EPR and as such is responsible for overseeing activities of the company as a whole. He is also involved in the management of the EB-5 Program and public policy practices of the firm.
Jeff Carr has more than 34 years of experience as an economist/analyst, with particular expertise in economic impact studies, project business plans, and regional center operations business plans for submission to the EB-5 Program, macroeconomics, economic forecasting, economic impact analysis, strategic economic development policy, housing supply and demand studies, and fiscal policy analysis for federal, state, and local government. He has served as the State Economist and Principal Revenues Analyst for the Vermont Agency of Administration for over 23 years, including the last five gubernatorial administrations. Jeff has served as a consulting economist to the Vermont Department of Economic Development in various capacities for more than 15 years.
Prior to his full-time tenure at EPR, Jeff served as Legislative Director and Economist for a member of the United States House of Representatives. He served in the Executive Brach of Vermont state government as an economist/policy analyst, as Research Director for a United States Senate campaign, and as Director of Research for a national education organization specializing in federal fiscal policy analysis. He has been the Vermont State Economic Forecast Manager for the New England Economic Partnership (“NEEP”) for the past 22 years, and has served on the NEEP Board of Directors for the past 5 years. Jeff taught economics in the Graduate School at St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences and has written extensively on the EB-5 Program, economic forecasting, economic development, and fiscal policy. Jeff holds an M.S. in Agricultural Economics and a B.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Vermont. He served on the Town of Essex Selectboard for more than 10 years, where he was the Vice Chair or Chair of the Selectboard for a total of 4 years.
Larry Copp is the founding President of EPR. He is responsible for overseeing the forensic economics practice of the firm.
Larry is an economist with 35 years of experience in policy analysis, microeconomic issues, forensic economics, public utilities, state government policy, and business valuation. He served as President of the Vermont Power Exchange for 12 years and as Director of Planning in the Vermont Department of Public Service. Larry produced Vermont’s first 20-Year Electric Energy Plan. He served for three years as the Governor’s Policy Advisor and for one year as the State Economist. Larry has extensive experience as an expert witness regarding economic damages in state and federal courts and before quasi-judicial panels.
Larry holds an M.S. in Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a B.S. in Business Administration and Industrial Management from the University of Vermont. He is active in his community of Richmond, VT, owns a 200-acre farm, and is a commercial pilot with ratings in fixed wing and rotorcraft categories.
Bob Chase has 30 years of experience as a regional economist with particular expertise in assessing the economic and fiscal impacts of proposed projects on regions, states, and nations, identifying appropriate market opportunities for industries and businesses for communities, designing economic development approaches for regions and states, design and implementation of economic-demographic and regional forecasting models, construction and application of input-output models and economic simulation models, application of benefit-cost analysis and risk assessment of projects, and forecasting economic and fiscal change for regions and states.
Bob joined EPR in 2010 after many years of professional experience in the Pacific Northwest region with prior positions in private economic consulting, research faculty at the University of Washington, and economist in Washington state government. His accomplishments include analyzing the trade relationships between Alaska and Puget Sound (receiving a national research award from ACCRA), updating and expanding the Washington State’s input-output model, reporting on various industrial trends, devising innovative strategic economic development plans for local areas, and developing analytical tools for economic/fiscal impact assessment and industry-level analysis. Bob has conducted a number of economic studies of mega-projects (energy-related and mining) in North America and beyond, such as in Ghana (hydroelectric energy and primary metals), the Democratic Republic of Congo (copper-cobalt mine), Panama (copper mine), and Mexico (gold mine).
Bob has also been on the Agricultural & Resource Economics faculty at North Dakota State University and the University of Maryland. He holds an M.S. with substantial work toward a doctorate in Regional Economics from the University of Wisconsin., as well as a B.A. in Economic Geography from Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio). He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, and Western Economics Association, International. Bob is also a long-standing member of the Livingston Survey (economic forecast panel) for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Matthew Cooper joined EPR in November of 2011. His responsibilities include serving as the primary forecast analyst for the Vermont State Tax Revenue project, performing and reporting economic impact analyses for public policy matters, and consulting with clients and performing regional impact modeling for the EB-5 Program, in addition to drafting the economic impact studies. His work in public policy includes financial and impact analyses of Tax Increment Financing (“TIF”) districts and performing cost-benefit analyses for public incentive programs, as well as the recurring responsibilities involved in providing monthly tax revenue analysis.
Matthew holds an M.A. in Economics, a B.S. in Economics, and a B.S. in Business Administration – Marketing, all of which were completed at Kansas State University. His primary research focus was the public policy issues surrounding broadband internet regulation.
Phillip Sprehe joined EPR in January 2014 as a Research Economist. He is responsible for a variety of research and analysis supporting the firm’s EB-5 Program and public policy projects. His tasks include contributing to labor market analyses, tax revenue projections, and economic impact studies.
Phillip holds an M.A. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from Elon University. He previously worked as an Economic Analyst at ITR Economics, and his responsibilities included analyzing forecasts and writing insights for the business community. Phillip’s work at the National Foreign Trade Council and the American Enterprise Institute concentrated on international trade analysis and promotion, in which role he frequently interacted with the policy-making and business communities.
Amanda Wassel joined EPR in May of 2013 as an intern. After graduating from the University of Vermont in May of 2014 with a B.A. in Economics and minors in German and History, she joined EPR full-time as an Economic Research Assistant. Amanda was promoted to Research Economist in the Fall of 2015.
Amanda assists in the creation of project business plans, economic impact studies, and regional center operations business plans for submission to the USCIS’ EB-5 Program. Amanda is responsible for the quarterly Business Conditions Survey in partnership with the Vermont Business Roundtable, which surveys approximately 100 of Vermont’s CEOs on the state’s economic climate.
Nathan Masse joined EPR in May of 2013 as an intern. After graduating from Assumption College in May of 2014 with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Classical Language, he joined as an Economic Research Assistant.
Nathan assists in the creation of project business plans, economic impact studies, and regional center operations business plans for submission to the USCIS’ EB-5 Program along with research and document preparation for other public and private sector projects.
Nathan also assists in forensic economic research, including research and analysis pertaining to lost earnings/benefits, lost household services, and future rehabilitation expenses in matters of personal injury, wrongful death, and wrongful termination.
Denise Fortin joined EPR in October of 2011. She is the Administrative Assistant to the professional staff at EPR, assisting in an array of administrative tasks including reception, file management, travel arrangements, accounts receivable, and billing. Denise also contributes administrative support in the preparation of reports for the EB-5 Program, the forensic economics practice, and public policy projects. She is a fundamental team member involved in the preparation and execution of EPR’s multi-state marketing campaigns.
Denise attained an A.A.S. in Business Office Technology from Clinton Community College as well as an A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Champlain College. Prior to joining EPR, Denise worked as a legal assistant for 15 years in New York and Vermont.