Jim Rounds is President and Chief Economist of Rounds Consulting Group. The firm specializes in economic development and tax policy research; data collection and analysis; fiscal planning including revenue forecasting and budget development; strategic planning and marketing; impact and market studies; and litigation support.
Mr. Rounds regularly provides advice to policymakers at the State Capitol, mayors throughout the state as well as city council members, county board members, and other public and private sector leaders in the community. Jim has delivered hundreds of economic presentations and is regularly quoted on television, radio, and in printed media.
Key areas of recent experience include analyzing and designing state tax policy and economic development reforms, analysis of transportation and utility infrastructure investments, strategic analysis related to local government budgeting, community marketing, and state and local area tourism planning.
In addition to contracted research, Mr. Rounds volunteers time as an advocate for quality public policy development. Recently, Jim has spent much time supporting the concept of “growing from within,” which includes efforts to better understand small business development issues, and strategic investment in education and workforce training. Jim is on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, and is a member of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee’s Finance Advisory Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Economic Development Committee, the Arizona Economic Roundtable, the Surface Transportation Funding Task Force, and has served on dozens of committees and task force efforts at both the state and local levels.
Previously, Mr. Rounds was a Senior Economist and Senior Budget Analyst with the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and Senior Vice President at Elliott D. Pollack & Company. Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University.