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© 2018 Applied Economics, Inc. 


email: info@aeconomics.com

11209 N. Tatum Boulevard   
Suite 225   Phoenix, AZ 85028


Applied Economics has a highly experienced staff specializing in Economics and Urban Planning.  We also leverage our expertise by joining forces with experts in other related fields in order to provide the best-qualified teams for different types of projects.

Who we are…

Sarah is an economist with over 25 years of experience in regional economic analysis, particularly in economic development and public finance. 

Sarah is an experienced economic modeler, researcher and analyst. She has applied her computer-based modeling experience to construct economic and fiscal impact models and conduct custom impact analyses for cities, regional economic development organizations and utilities. 

Sarah Murley​

Rick Brammer

Rick has over 25 years of experience applying economics and information technology to a wide variety of public policy and planning related issues. Rick specializes in performing small-area socioeconomic, housing, demographic and enrollment analyses, having served over 40 Arizona school districts. 


In addition to his socioeconomic research and modeling, Rick has also created databases, analysis tools and marketing collateral materials in support of economic development activities. He has extensive experience in utilizing study results in working group situations, as well as making formal public presentations.

Rick’s degree is in computer science and economics from the University of Oregon.  He began his professional career with Mountain West Research, a regional economic and real estate consulting company.  Mr. Brammer continued to work as an economic consultant with Coopers & Lybrand, and later with Economic Strategies Group.

Don Graves is a Senior Associate with Applied Economics and has over 30 years of experience in real estate research, analysis and data management.  His specialty is the compilation and organization of real estate data, analysis of trends and underlying issues, and detailed projections of future residential growth. 


He has performed development analyses for numerous school districts in Arizona.  He has also developed database software to manage real estate data and integrate it with a GIS mapping system to perform spatial analysis and provide visual displays of land use and development trends.  Don has been active in the areas of economic and real estate research since the mid-1980’s and has an extensive familiarity with historical real estate development trends and issues in Arizona.

In addition to performing real estate analysis, Don has also designed specialized databases for other public and private sector clients, including the Maricopa Association of Governments and the Arizona Real Estate Center at Arizona State University.  He has also worked on a variety of studies dealing with demographics, economics, and transportation.

Don has an Associate of Arts degree from Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois and continued his education at Western Illinois University with coursework in sociology, business, and demographics.  He worked primarily in social services in Illinois before moving to Arizona in 1983.  Don began his career in real estate research at Mountain West Research where he was the editor of the Phoenix Zoning Digest as well as performing customized data research.

Don Graves

Steve Smith is a Systems Administrator and Access Programmer with Applied Economics with expertise in a wide range of computer languages and database analysis techniques.


His data analysis experience has been diverse and has required a variety of tools. He is proficient in a wide range of operating environments and programming languages including Windows, Visual Basic and Microsoft VBA/Access, as well as in network configuration, administration, statistics and media. He is able to provide timely and effective support for beginning user to power user and effective leadership in both data-related and other projects.

Steve provides programming support a range of economic development and planning applications created by Applied Economics. He has produced Regional Project Assessment (economic impact) models for almost 30 different organizations. These models use Microsoft Access to create responsive user interfaces for sophisticated economic impact functions that, for instance, model a region’s tax code and the procedures for calculating economic impacts for that region. He has served as the primary liaison with several Applied Economics clients who have trusted him with their mission-critical Access applications used to track their contacts and transactions.

The BS in Mathematics and Computer Science he earned at the University of Northern Arizona has provided him with skills well-suited for any type of data analysis. His scientific and statistical background serves him well in the analysis of mathematically dense models.  He has had more than three decades of programming experience since that time. His application programming work has included CRM, data analysis, MRP and demographic management. 

Steve Smith

Christina  is a senior associate with Applied Economics.  She is an experienced professional with an excellent skill set that includes strong project management skills and the ability to understand, organize, scrutinize, and analyze information on a wide range of subjects. Christina routinely performs primary and secondary research, collects and inputs data, monitors project status and coordinates follow-up efforts. Christina is equally able to work with people and information to accomplish her goals.


Christina conducts primary and secondary research on a variety of economic development-related projects involving the organization and analysis of data, spreadsheet and database management, conducting interviews and document preparation. She routinely coordinates large scale data collection efforts to facilitate comparisons of business climate and operating cost factors for metropolitan areas on behalf of economic development organizations nationwide. This research includes gathering utility and tax rates, occupational wage data, labor market, demographic and educational statistics, transportation information, and other quantitative economic and business climate data.


Christina holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Regis University in Denver.  Her previous work experience includes positions in account management and finance with MCI Telecommunications and Shell Oil Company.

Christina Miller