Stephen Wahlstrom is a senior consultant with EDR Group, and represents the firm from his home base in the San Francisco Bay area. He is an expert on strategic planning for economic development and business attraction, as well as market studies of economic development opportunities.
Mr. Wahlstrom has more than 20 years of experience as a consulting planner and economist. He has served local governments and private land development clients throughout the Western United States Mr. Wahlstrom has successfully conducted more than 200 consulting jobs, including work with Economic Development Research Group, as Wahlstrom and Associates, and earlier as a founder of Applied Development Economics and as a managing consultant at Seifel Consulting.
His project work with EDR Group includes the determing the impacts of high speed rail on cities and metropolitan areas, for the US Conference of Mayors, two economic impact studies for the San Francisco International Airport, California smart growth for airports (Caltrans), City of San Francisco economic consulting services, and examining economic development for the 16-county North State region of California.
He is an active member of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He has made expert panel presentations at the American Planning Association, California Redevelopment Association, and the IECD annual conferences. He also participated in an Urban Land Institute advisory panel that was asked to assist Rantoul, Illinois after the closure of Chanute Air Force Base.
Mr. Wahlstrom earned a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle. He also served for two years as an economist for the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines.