Debra L. 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; land development and redevelopment, and adaptive reuse projects; and asset enhancement and occupancy strategies for government space users. She has frequently constructed complex investment and economic models for evaluating and identifying strategic action plans for public real estate asset management enhancement strategies and public-private real estate transactions. She has also built models to forecast future municipal revenues and expenditures under varying land use and economic development policies and real estate market conditions.
Ms. Jeans has provided the market research, economic and real estate analysis, and strategic foundation for the revitalization of downtowns and commercial corridors and land use planning and zoning decisions, infrastructure programs and economic development plans in communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Ms. Jeans has provided the market and financial analysis to support the identification of asset management strategies for the occupancy of space to house public workforces and provide for joint development and revenue-generating, enhanced use of public real estate assets for the City of San Diego, County of San Bernardino, Orange County, Sonoma County, and Alameda County. 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 and contributed financial analysis to evaluate and assist in the negotiation of proposals for the purchase of the property. She also contributed market and real estate economic analysis and related due-diligence for the evaluation, structuring and negotiation of transactions for the development of a State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) property in San Diego to include a new DMV facility as well as a mixed-use residential and retail development. She also played a major role in the solicitation and evaluation of proposals for the ground-lease and development of surplus land at a correctional institution in Chino, California.
On behalf of Tempe (AZ), Romeoville (IL), Brookfield (WI), and many other local, county, and state entities, she has frequently evaluated proposals and assisted in the negotiation of public-private real estate development and incentives agreements. Ms. Jeans has directed survey research and economic and financial analysis to evaluate and identify strategic actions to improve the appeal and revenue-generating capabilities of fairs and fairgrounds. Examples include an exit survey for the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center and extensive market analyses for a proposed meeting and conference space facility at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga (CA) and a broad mix of uses at the Cal Expo, the site of the California state fair.
Ms. Jeans has assisted educational institutions such as San Jose Evergreen Community College District, San Francisco State University, Arizona State University, and The University of Chicago with evaluating housing needs and revenue-generating campus real estate development and neighborhood enhancement alternatives. She has also assisted several airports including DuPage International Airport, Northern Colorado Regional Airport, Southern Illinois Airport, and Porter County Regional Airport with market research, aviation and non-aviation-related industry targeting analyses, and real estate feasibility assessments.
She had led housing needs assessment for local, regional, and state entities including a statewide housing needs assessment for the Iowa Finance Authority and studies for Lea County (NM) and Blue Ash (OH). She had directed transit-oriented development planning studies and projects to increase revenues from train stations and other real estate assets for the Chicago Transit Authority and Metra. 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.
For real estate investors and developers including Alleghany Properties, the Alter Group, Calamos Investments, Crown Community Development, Hunter Properties, Plote Properties, Regency Centers, Valenti Builders, and the Verde Group, Ms. Jeans has directed survey and market research and real estate economics/financial feasibility analysis for the programming and redevelopment of regional, community, and neighborhood shopping centers, business parks, office and industrial uses, hotels, and a wide variety of housing products.
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, industrial and office uses, hotels, hospital and child care facilities as well as the operation and expansion of educational institutions and the development of a science and technology park.
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.