A fresh approach to job growth and skill development

Who We Are

We guide regional leaders through complex environments to make significant and lasting changes.

Regional Growth Strategies partners with regional leaders to make significant and lasting changes in systems that promote economic growth and opportunity.

Over the past two decades, we've gained an in-depth understanding of how to grow regional economies, develop a skilled workforce, build cross-sector partnerships, and transform existing systems.  In the process, we've learned a lot about what works and what doesn't work in each of those areas.

Although we are a small firm, we are part of a growing network of seasoned practitioners and highly skilled consultants who partner with us on particular engagements, as needed.


Pete Carlson, President


Pete Carlson has spent the past two decades designing and implementing strategies that promote economic growth and shared prosperity.  In addition to his work on the ground in regions across the country, he has done in-depth studies of over two-dozen regions, exploring what's working and what's getting in the way of growing good jobs, with a particular focus on what kind of partnership structures they are putting in place, where the leadership is coming from, and what's being done to develop a skilled workforce and revitalize low-income communities as part of that process.

Recently, Pete conducted an assessment of the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, in which Brookings partnered with 22 metropolitan experimenting with new approaches to expanding growth and opportunity, capturing key lessons from this five-year initiative.  Prior to that, he managed a national action-learning network of regional leaders experimenting with innovative approaches to inclusive growth as part of the Regional Prosperity Project.  In addition, he has organized and conducted three national roundtables of regional leaders and experts doing work in this area, in partnership with the Brookings Institution and the Council on Competitiveness.

Earlier in his career, Pete served as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Labor on strategies to promote skill-based economic growth.  As the director of the National Advisory Commission on Work-Based Learning, comprised of business, education and labor leaders, he organized forums of leading experts and practitioners to identify what was working and what was getting in the way of improving the skills of the American workforce and spreading the adoption of high-performance work practices.