About Us

Founded in 1994, Development Research Partners is committed to providing professional economic research services based on a philosophy of detailed and accurate analysis, concise and timely reporting, regular and responsive communications, and confidentiality.

Patty Silverstein, President & Chief Economist

Patty Silverstein

Patricia L. Silverstein, President & Chief Economist

Patricia Silverstein has provided research and support for economic development efforts in Colorado and across the country since 1989. Her expertise in economic research and economic development includes industry cluster studies and strategic economic development planning. She has extensive experience in preparing economic impact and fiscal impact analysis for community development purposes. In addition, she serves as the consulting chief economist for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. In these roles, she compiles, interprets, and forecasts economic and demographic data for the Denver metropolitan area and performs in-depth research on issues and proposed developments impacting the region. Ms. Silverstein provides numerous presentations on state and local economic conditions to business and professional organizations throughout the year.

Ms. Silverstein received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Patty is active in a number of business and professional organizations, including member of the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), the Economic Development Council of Colorado, and the Denver Association of Business Economists.

Jesse Silverstein, Vice President and Director of Real Estate Economics

Jesse Silverstein

Jesse D. Silverstein, Vice President and Director of Real Estate Economics

Jesse Silverstein has extensive experience in preparing real estate market studies, public finance analysis, and economic/fiscal impact analysis for a variety of public-private development and redevelopment projects. Local and state governments, redevelopment agencies, and private investors utilize Jesse’s advisory services to make critical decisions regarding real estate investment and economic development opportunities. Mr. Silverstein’s experience includes positions as founder and executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Brownfields Foundation, director at Equitable Real Estate Investment Management, and chief appraiser for the Resolution Trust Corporation (a division of FDIC) in Washington, D.C.

Jesse is past president of the Denver Association of Business Economists and has authored articles on redevelopment in various local, national, and academic publications. He served as a governor-appointed member of the Colorado Petroleum Storage Tank Committee, and currently is a board member of the Colorado School of Mines Table Mountain Research Center and the nonprofit Community Builders.

Mr. Silverstein holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder, and has an MAI professional designation in commercial real estate analysis from the Appraisal Institute.

Lisa Strunk, Senior Economist

Lisa Strunk

Lisa Strunk, Senior Economist

Lisa Strunk’s expertise is in identifying, analyzing, and describing key industry trends for business and economic development purposes. Ms. Strunk prepares all aspects of primary data research including instrument design, data collection, and analysis for specialized industry cluster research projects for various cities, counties, and customized geographic regions that highlight target industries for growth and retention. She also performs in-depth economic and fiscal impact analysis and assembles and analyzes economic and demographic data for varying project needs. Prior to joining DRP, Lisa was a senior research analyst for the Colorado Health Institute, a statistical analyst at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and an economist in the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting.

Ms. Strunk earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Pennsylvania State University. She is an active member of the Denver Association of Business Economists.

Hanna Scovill, Research Associate

Hanna Scovill, Research Economist

Hanna Scovill compiles economic, fiscal, and demographic data for various reporting used throughout the state. Originally from Parker, Colorado, she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Colorado State University Global Campus and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Economics at University of Colorado Denver. She is the author of the Monthly Economic Indicators for Metro Denver as well as other economic and demographic reports that inform key decision-makers about the economic outlook of counties and municipalities within the state.