Matthew Tarleton brings professional experience with economic analysis, research design, and business development to Market Street. He carries a detailed understanding of various data series that are used by Market Street on a daily basis. Mr. Tarleton enjoyed a blend of undergraduate and graduate education in economics and urban planning, with extensive training in econometrics and research methods. In his time atMarket Street, Mr. Tarleton has served as the project manager or lead research associate on sixteen different projects in six states.
Mr. Tarleton is currently managing a regional economic development strategy process for the 10-county Metropolitan Atlanta area. He has recently managed strategic and organizational planning processes for Vestavia Hills, Alabama; Alpharetta, Georgia; and both the Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Tarleton has also worked on numerous community and economic development planning processes for Springfield, Illinois; Birmingham, Alabama; St. Louis, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Little Rock, Arkansas; Northwest Arkansas; Murray County, Georgia; and Gwinnett County, Georgia. His background in applied economics has supported analyses of agricultural export opportunities for the State of Georgia and a Housing Market Analysis for the Columbus, Georgia region in advance of growth at the Fort Benning military base.
Prior to joining Market Street, Mr. Tarleton was employed as an Economic Development Analyst with the Aelera Corporation in Alpharetta, Georgia where he developed various economic indices, authored white papers, and conducted studies of regional economic conditions, including industry and occupational cluster analyses. He previously served as a research assistant at the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he contributed to a number of projects including a study of the emerging transportation, distribution, and logistics cluster in the Triad region. Mr. Tarleton also worked as a research assistant at the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition, where he examined residential and commercial growth patterns in the Piedmont Triad.
Mr. Tarleton holds a Masters degree in Applied Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelors degree in Economics with Urban Planning as a second major. For his accomplishments inside and outside of the classroom, he was presented with the Bryan Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award at Commencement. Mr. Tarleton also spent time studying abroad at the London School of Economics.