PUBLISHED: 5:51 PM on Wednesday, October 24, 2007
McDowell Group adds new economist
McDowell Group recently added Economist Tobias Schwoerer to its 16-member research and consulting team. "Toby is an excellent fit with our organization. He contributes strong academic accomplishments and prior experience analyzing Alaska's key industries," said McDowell Group's Managing Partner Jim Calvin.

"His outdoor recreational pursuits also reinforce his passion for Alaska."

In 2006, Schwoerer completed a master's degree in Environmental Economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. He completed his undergraduate economics studies at University of Alaska, where he also worked for the Institute of Social and Economic Research. His athletic and academic accomplishments include UAA Athlete of the Year, UAA Chancellor's Class of Leaders, and All American honors in Nordic skiing and cross-country running.

Prior to joining McDowell Group, Schwoerer conducted economic impact analysis on a wide array of topics including oil and gas development in the Arctic, tourism development in Prince William Sound, and restructuring options for Alaska's salmon fisheries.

Current McDowell Group projects include an economic impact analysis of the University of Alaska system and analysis of the economic impacts of the Kensington Mine.

"While growing up in Germany, it was always my dream to live in Alaska," said Schwoerer.

"I've always been curious about Alaska, its people, and its unique economy." Schwoerer will work from McDowell Group's Juneau office through the winter, and then will resume his Anchorage residency in the spring.

McDowell Group has a full-time staff of 16 employees and offices in Anchorage, Juneau, and Kodiak.

The firm has provided research and consulting services to a wide array of government entities, private companies, and non-profit organizations since 1972.