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About Mark Tranel

In January, 2003, Mark Tranel was named as Public Policy Research Center's Director. Dr. Tranel joined the PPRC in 1990 as Senior Research Analyst. In 2000 he became the Director of the PPRC's Division of Research. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Tranel has been the principal investigator or research project manager on over 50 applied research projects in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Dr. Tranel received his doctorate in public policy analysis and administration from St. Louis University. He has taught public administration in the UM-St. Louis Department of Political Science, and economic development at the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis.

He is an active participant in a number of housing and community development organizations including service as a member of the Board of Directors of North County, Inc and the Missouri Budget Project. In 1999, the exhibited his photographic work, "Street Banners, Urban Identity and Information" and "Metromorphosis" in 2001.

Prior to joining the staff at UM-St. Louis his experience included Director of Real Estate Development, Economic Council of St. Louis County where he was responsible for industrial development sites and the small business incubator program, and Manager of Neighborhood Preservation and Community Planner, Normandy Municipal Council. In this capacity he was responsible for housing, community and economic development programs for 20 municipalities.

His recently published work includes two chapters in St. Louis Metromorphosis: Past Trends, Future Directions -- "The Transforming Economy" (chapter 3) and "The St. Louis Transportation Transformation" (chapter 7). He also recently published ""The Role of County Governments in Metropolitan Administration: A Study of the St. Louis MSA" (Chapter 4) in Revitalizing the City: Strategies to Contain Sprawl and Revive the Core . He has also contributed a chapter, entitled "Riverian Revolution", to Hidden Assets: A Connecting the Past to the Future of St. Louis. In 2006, he co-authored "Metromorphosis: Documenting Change" in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 28, Issue 2.

Dr. Tranel recently presented papers at the annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

He was elected as President of North County Inc. for 2007. He has been chairman of NCI's economic development committee for five years and an officer of the executive board for three.


January 2003 - Present Director, University of Missouri-St. Louis Public Policy Research Center

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PhD, Saint Louis University ‐ Public Policy Analysis and Administration

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