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R. Christopher Jones, Ph.D.

President & Chief Economist
Florida Economic Advisors, LLC

Dr. Chris Jones serves as the President and Chief Economist of Florida Economic Advisors, LLC.  Dr. Jones is one of Central Florida’s most experienced regional economists.  In addition to his advanced degrees in business and economics, he has over 27 years of experience as an economic and financial consultant in Central Florida.  His private sector background includes tenure as an associate economist with Fishkind & Associates and as the founder and Senior Economist of MSCW Economics in Orlando.   Dr. Jones’ public sector service includes a term as the Senior Economic Advisor to the City of Orlando, Florida.   With more than 400 studies in his consulting portfolio, Dr. Jones has provided services for various branches of Federal, State, and Local Government, including the Executive Office of the Governor and over 30 units of local government in Florida.   
 
Dr. Jones is widely recognized as one of Florida’s leading experts in fiscal policy, serving for two years on Governor Jeb Bush’s Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee.  He is also considered one of the state’s premier advisors on affordable housing policy.  Dr. Jones served for several years as a founding member of East Central Florida Regional Planning Council’s Affordable Housing Resource Group and assisted in the development of the state-approved methodology for assessing affordable housing demands generated by Developments of Regional Impact.    
 
Dr. Jones is currently a full-time faculty member of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette economics department, as well as an adjunct instructor within the University of South Florida economics department.  In addition, he has previously served as professor and instructor at Florida Southern College and Hillsborough Community College.