Jason Jolley leads C3E’s research activities, which focus on issues of economic competitiveness. The center addresses local and state economic development incentive policy evaluation and development, strategic planning, impact analysis and industry cluster characterization.
He completed one of the largest state-sponsored studies of the effectiveness of state-level incentives for the state of North Carolina. He routinely works with local and regional governments to identify sustainable economic development opportunities and create local incentive metrics that encourage location and expansion of businesses that use sustainable practices.
Dr. Jolley teaches the MBA course “Financing Mega-Projects” which examines large scale infrastructure investments or “mega-projects,” such as airports, highways, high-speed rail and port developments.
His academic research focuses on the effectiveness and diffusion of economic development policy interventions. Business Strategy and the Environment, Economic Development Quarterly and Review of Policy Research have published his research.
Dr. Jolley received his PhD in public administration from North Carolina State University, where he specialized in economic development and research methods. He received his MA in political science from the University of Tennessee and his BA in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill.