Development Research Partners, a woman-owned business located in Jefferson County, Colorado, is committed to providing professional research services based on a philosophy of detailed and reliable analysis, concise and timely reporting, regular and responsive communications, and confidentiality.

Our Team  
Patricia L. Silverstein, President & Chief Economist  

Ms. Silverstein has provided research and support for economic development efforts in Colorado and across the country since 1989. Her expertise in economic research and economic development includes industry cluster studies and strategic economic development planning. She has extensive experience in preparing economic impact and fiscal impact analysis for community development purposes. In addition, she serves as the consulting chief economist for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. In these roles, she compiles, interprets, and forecasts economic and demographic data for the Denver metropolitan area and performs in-depth research on issues and proposed developments impacting the region. Ms. Silverstein provides numerous presentations on state and local economic conditions to business and professional organizations throughout the year.

Ms. Silverstein received a bachelor's degree in economics from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska and a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Ms. Silverstein is active in a number of business and professional organizations, including member of the Governorís Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), the Economic Development Council of Colorado, and the Denver Association of Business Economists.
Jesse D. Silverstein, Vice President & Senior Economist  

Jesse Silverstein has extensive experience in preparing real estate market studies, public finance analysis, and economic/fiscal impact analysis for a variety of public-private development and redevelopment projects. Local and state governments, redevelopment agencies, and private investors utilize Jesseís advisory services to make critical decisions regarding real estate investment and economic development opportunities. Mr. Silverstein's experience includes positions as founder and executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Brownfields Foundation, director at Equitable Real Estate Investment Management, and chief appraiser for the Resolution Trust Corporation (a division of FDIC) in Washington, D.C.

Jesse is past president of the Denver Association of Business Economists and has authored articles on redevelopment in various local, national, and academic publications. He served as a governor-appointed member of the Colorado Petroleum Storage Tank Committee, and currently is a board member of the Colorado School of Mines Table Mountain Research Center and the nonprofit Community Builders.

Mr. Silverstein holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder, and has an MAI professional designation in commercial real estate analysis from the Appraisal Institute.


Lisa Strunk, Senior Economist

Lisa Strunkís expertise is in identifying, analyzing, and describing key industry trends for business and economic development purposes. Ms. Strunk prepares all aspects of primary data research including instrument design, data collection, and analysis for specialized industry cluster research projects for various cities, counties, and customized geographic regions that highlight target industries for growth and retention. She also performs in-depth economic and fiscal impact analysis and assembles and analyzes economic and demographic data for varying project needs. Prior to joining DRP, Lisa was a senior research analyst for the Colorado Health Institute, a statistical analyst at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and an economist in the Governorís Office of State Planning and Budgeting.

Ms. Strunk earned a masterís degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelorís degree in economics from the Pennsylvania State University. She is an active member of the Denver Association of Business Economists.


David A. Hansen, Senior Economist

Mr. Hansenís expertise extends into fiscal and economic impact analyses, having conducted numerous studies for industries such as higher education, traditional and renewable energy, residential development, and commercial development. Analyses entail developing customized models, applying standard economic and fiscal impact methodologies, and concisely identifying complex industry relationships. He has comprehensive knowledge of Coloradoís local budget and tax structures in order to identify the impact projects, businesses, and residents have on the fiscal situation of a community. Davidís research has been used in many communities to inform planning decisions and guide economic development initiatives. In addition, he conducts on-going economic and demographic analysis for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and communities throughout the metro region.

Mr. Hansen earned a bachelorís degree in economics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He currently serves as a board member for the Denver Association of Business Economists, volunteers as a committee member for the University of Colorado Boulderís Business Economic Outlook Forum, and organizes the Cost of Living Index for the Denver metropolitan area through the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).


Kyle Parsons, Research Associate


Mr. Parsons recently earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Colorado State University, with a concentration in econometric analysis and international economics. Mr. Parson's studies included the macroeconomic impacts of the United Nations' economic and social policies for developing nations, the economic impact of migration on the social capital of poverty-stricken areas, and U.S. labor force and demographic research. Kyle has business management experience in the retail sector, along with owning a business in the outdoor and outfitting business industry. A 2017 addition to the DRP team, Kyle conducts economic and demographic research for multiple municipalities in the Denver metropolitan area, analyzing economic trends and activity.

















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