Robyn leads DCI’s research division which is uniquely positioned to provide customized insights that help guide our client’s strategic planning and marketing strategies in both the economic development and tourism practice areas. Robyn joined DCI in 2011 after more than 15 years working as an economic development and site selection consultant. Prior to joining DCI, Robyn was the Director of Economic Development Services for the Wadley-Donovan Group. Robyn obtained a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and her bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.
Robyn manages and provides research support to DCI’s economic development and tourism clients including development and oversight of perception and stakeholder surveys; labor market profiles; target industry analyses; and competitor analyses. She is also responsible for the research behind DCI’s thought leadership initiatives including DCI’s “Q” Reports and Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing.
Robyn has conducted research projects for economic development clients such as the cities of Columbus (OH), Phoenix, Garland (TX), Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Charlotte, Jacksonville and the states and territories of Iowa, Michigan, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Vermont, Virginia and New Hampshire. Tourism clients have included Visit California, Visit Wichita, Bermuda Tourism, Tahiti Tourism and the Long Beach CVB.
Robyn has extensive experience conducting original research. She regularly conducts interviews and surveys of senior-level executives, management consultants and key project stakeholders. She has a strong familiarity with primary and secondary research techniques, using public and private data sources.