January 27, 2020

Heartland Forward's new Chief Research Officer Dr. Dave Shideler

ANNOUNCING: Today Heartland Forward welcomes Dr. David Shideler as Chief Research Officer to lead our "think and do" tank's research portfolio.

We are thrilled to have Dr. David Shideler on board as Chief Research Officer. With more than a decade of experience at @okstate, he brings deep expertise in community and rural development, as well as small business development.

Heartland Forward Welcomes Dr. David Shideler As Chief Research Officer

Shideler Joins "Think And Do" Tank Heartland Forward To Oversee Research Focused On Economic Vitality In America's Heartland

BENTONVILLE, AR – Heartland Forward is pleased to announce that Dr. David Shideler has joined as Chief Research Officer, leading the new "think and do" tank's research portfolio.

I am thrilled to welcome David to Heartland Forward to drive our robust research agenda," said Ross DeVol, President and CEO of Heartland Forward. "Through his work in both academia and community development, Dave has a unique and deep expertise on important economic issues such as the critical role that entrepreneurs play in community vibrancy. I look forward to putting his research and ideas into action to help the Heartland reach its full potential.

Shideler joins Heartland Forward after more than a decade at Oklahoma State University, most recently serving as a professor and Community and Economic Development Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics. In these roles, he oversaw projects in community and rural development and small business development, and published peer-reviewed research articles on the economic impacts of internet access, incentive programs, and local food production.

I am excited to join the Heartland Forward team and help advance their mission of economic renewal in the American Heartland," Shideler said. "As the son of Heartland natives, their work hits close to home for me. I'm looking forward to conducting research that can lead to real-world solutions.

In his role as Chief Research Officer, Shideler will work collaboratively with Heartland Forward's research team, including visiting fellows Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin, to develop original research in several focus areas: regional competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship, building human capital, and addressing health risks and disparities.

Shideler holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics and an M.A. in Economics from the Ohio State University, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S. in Community and Rural Development from Clemson University.

About Heartland Forward:

Heartland Forward's mission is to improve economic performance in the center of the United States by advocating for fact-based solutions to foster job creation, knowledge-based and inclusive growth, and improved health outcomes. We conduct independent, data-driven research to facilitate action-oriented discussion and impactful policy recommendations.

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