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John S Barrett

Somerville, MA

About John S Barrett

John S. Barrett is an economist with more than 20 years of experience, and the founder of Performance Economics, LLC, a full-service economic consulting firm. Performance Economics specializes in EB-5 economic modeling matters, and has assisted with a wide range of EB-5 projects, including troubled businesses, construction-only projects, transportation and logistics, retail, and hotel and health care projects. Barrett is knowledgeable in, and provides a wide range economic impact studies that are compliant with the latest USCIS methodological changes and interpretations. He also authors Matter of Ho compliant business plans for regional center projects and exemplars. In these capacities, Barrett has assisted over 40 regional centers to have their I-924s or I-526s successfully adjudicated.

Barrett began his career working as a regional economist for the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and was involved in the agency division that developed the RIMS II multiplier model. His past experience also includes serving as a principal in the internationally-recognized economic forecasting and consulting firm, IHS Global, and as the vice president of strategic analytics for Mullen, a leading marketing agency located in Boston. Barrett’s expertise in economic impact modeling includes helping various Fortune 500 companies determine their impact on the global and national economies, and he has aided both companies and countries in their efforts to be more competitive in the global marketplace. Barrett has additionally conducted economic research for the European Commission, contributing to three chapters in its 2009 report.

A frequent panelist at many EB-5-related conferences, including those hosted by the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, the Association to Invest in USA, and Immigration Law Weekly, Barrett advises attendees on EB-5 economic impact modeling matters, and provides guidance on the latest issues raised by USCIS in terms of job impacts in the EB-5 program. Barrett also lectures on undergraduate economics at Suffolk University and Emmanuel College in Boston, and he is the Director of Research at the University's Beacon Hill Institute.

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