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  Debra Jeans
Principal
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Debra Jeans, Principal, an economist, conducts market and economic research, investment analysis and economic and fiscal impact analysis to evaluate and program a broad variety of land use and economic development plans and policies and land development and redevelopment, and adaptive reuse projects. She has frequently constructed complex investment and statistical models for evaluating and identifying strategic action plans for public real estate asset management and occupancy of space and multi-use, time-phased development projects. She has also built models to forecast future municipal revenues and expenditures under varying land use and economic development policies and real estate development conditions.

She provided the financial analysis to support the identification of asset management strategies for the joint development and revenue-generating, enhanced use of public real estate assets for the City of San Diego, County of San Bernardino, Orange County, and transit agencies Metra and the CTA. She played a major role in estimating the demand for office, retail and residential uses and evaluating the real estate economics of alternative plans for the disposition and reuse of the 75-acre State of California closed Fred C. Nelles’ site in Whittier, California. For Alameda County, Ms. Jeans built a financial model to estimate the occupancy costs of the County’s existing office space portfolio and alternative asset management scenarios to reduce occupancy costs and generate revenues from owned assets.

Ms. Jeans has led or served major roles in market and survey research and economic analysis to support the planning and marketing of office and industrial parks and mixed-use business parks by Alleghany Properties, The Alter Group, Par Development, Strong Capital Management, and other private entities as well as local governments including the Illinois communities of Algonquin, Flossmoor, and South Elgin. She led a market study to evaluate demand for conference and event space at the Napa County Fairgrounds.

Ms. Jeans has led survey research assignments including a state fair exit survey for the State of Oregon and a student housing survey for San Francisco State University.

Ms. Jeans has completed numerous housing and retail market demand studies for private developers including Alleghany Properties, Calamos Investments, Crown Community Development, John Clare, Ltd., John Knox Village, a large continuing care community in Lee’s Summit (MO), Regency Centers, U.S. Advisor LLC, and The Verde Group. She has led housing needs assessments for the Lea County Housing Commission, Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, Des Moines County (IA), and a statewide housing study for the State of Iowa and for many comprehensive plans.

She has played a key role in the research for and preparation of economic development plans and strategies and conducted market studies and financial analyses to evaluate development or property-related alternatives for many Illinois communities, including Algonquin, Aurora, Buffalo Grove, Downers Grove, East Dundee, Flossmoor, Harvard, Hanover Park, Hinsdale, Montgomery, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Schiller Park, South Elgin and Kane County, as well as Elk Grove and Oakley (CA), Liberty (MO), and Lea County (NM). and Brookfield (WI).

Ms. Jeans has provided the market, economic, and real estate analysis and foundation for the revitalization of downtowns and commercial corridors and land use planning and zoning decisions in many Illinois communities, including Algonquin, Downers Grove, East Dundee, Flossmoor, Glen Ellyn, Gurnee, Hanover Park, Highland Park, Hinsdale, Monee, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Ottawa, Romeoville, South Elgin, Schiller Park, West Chicago, Wheaton, Wilmette, and Zion, and California communities including Corte Madera, Daly City, Santa Rosa (CA), Scottsdale and Tempe(AZ), Greeley, Centennial, Thornton and La Plata County(CO), Hobbs (NM), Reno (NV) and Brookfield, Franklin, Menomonee Falls, Waupaca, West Allis, and Oak Creek (WI) and Haverhill (MA).

Ms. Jeans has also completed fiscal impact studies to estimate the effect of a variety of development projects on the operating budgets of local and county governments. She has also estimated the economic impacts of proposed shopping centers, hospital and child care facilities as well as the operation and expansion of educational institutions. She led the econometric analysis for a nationally-recognized hedonic price modeling and survey research study to assess the effects of transit station proximity on residential property values for the Regional Transportation Authority. She has directed economic impact analyses of New Mexico Junior College and the College of the Southwest, Del Webb active adult developments, and the development and opening of Home Depot stores.

Prior to joining GG+A in 1992, Ms. Jeans was employed by The Travelers Realty Investment Company where she was responsible for the management of over $200,000,000 in troubled debt secured by 26 commercial, industrial, hotel and residential properties located in Chicago, Oak Brook, Cincinnati, Columbus, Miami, New York City, Omaha and St. Louis. Prior to her employment with Travelers Realty Investment Company in 1989, she was employed as an associate analyst for Real Estate Research Corporation.

Ms. Jeans earned a M.B.A. (with a specialization in Finance) from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from Scripps College. Ms. Jeans is a member of the American Economic Association and the International Economic Development Council.




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