Economic Development Resources Staff

Eugene Norber - President

For more than 30 years, Gene Norber has been actively involved in the creation of successful public/private partnerships for commercial, industrial and residential projects. Through his work in designing, and implementing, the tools necessary to bring together public and private sides in the redevelopment of blighted and underutilized real estate, EDR has helped generate investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in communities throughout the Midwest.
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Daniel Schmidt - Project Manager

Daniel's expertise and experience in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), ArcMap, ArcView, ArcCatalog and ArcEdit provide our clients with professional assistance in a wide range of graphic formats for their planning and development activities.
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Douglas Norber - Project Manager

With experience in both in the Midwest and the Southwest, Doug has been involved in many markets in the primary research necessary for successful real estate development in today's economic environment.
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Eugene Norber- President

Education:

  • Master of City Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Bachelor of Arts, Case Western Reserve University
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Liceo Classico "Vincenzo Gioberti", Turin, Italy

Experience:

Mr. Norber possesses considerable expertise in the fields of real estate development, project financing, comprehensive planning and central business district revitalization. His skill in these areas comes through a combination of extensive academic training and significant professional experience.

In the decade prior to forming Economic Development Resources, Mr. Norber had been actively involved in consulting with a wide variety of public and private clients concerning tax increment financing, land use planning and market feasibility analyses. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, he had been Director of Market Research and Site Selection for the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, then the world's largest shopping center developer. As a graduate student, Mr. Norber had worked with the Harvard - MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies.

Mr. Norber is a frequent moderator and panelist at conferences concerning economic development and city planning. He has been interviewed about these issues by a variety of news media, including The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Norber has also addressed these matters at meetings of the National Conference of the American Planning Association, Governor's Economic Development Conference (Missouri), American Planning Association Chicago/Metro Section, Missouri Bar Association, Missouri Economic Development Council, Missouri Community Development Association, St. Louis chapter of the Urban Land Institute, Citizens for Modern Transit TOD Seminars, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Innovative Workshop on Economic Development, and committees of both the Missouri and Illinois legislatures.

Mr. Norber has served on the Clayton (Missouri) Business Districts' Master Plan Citizen Committee, and on the Joint Study Committee of Clayton and Richmond Heights. He is also a Corporate Member of the Illinois Tax Increment Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Economic Development Financing Association.


Daniel Schmidt - Project Manager

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Missouri - Columbia

Experience:

Mr. Schmidt brings significant academic training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computer assisted cartography to the business of economic development.  Combined with his work with the state's Enhanced Enterprise Zone program, Mr. Schmidt has gained substantial experience in the use of GIS in creating successful public/private partnerships.

Mr. Schmidt's expertise extends to a number of graphic information programs, including ArcMap, ArcView, ArcCatalog, ArcEdit and SketchUp which he keeps current through his participation at various national conferences and webinars. His skills also include creating three dimensional models and internet-based materials which are used by our clients in marketing their projects.

Prior to joining EDR, Mr. Schmidt had worked for the Department of Geography at the University of Missouri as a Research Specialist. His responsibilities included interactive online mapping applications, research concerning expanding the use of GIS for urban planning, and quality control/quality assurance (QA/QC) for the Department's cartographic products.

Douglas Norber - Project Manager

Education:

  • University of Missouri - Columbia

Experience:

Mr. Norber is involved in a range of activities at EDR. His primary responsibilities are those of completing the field work necessary for Tax Increment Financing, Business District and Community Improvement District eligibility studies, as well as compiling data on sales, sales taxes, land values, property taxes and tax rates for economic impact reports and revenue forecasting analyses.

Prior to joining EDR, Mr. Norber had worked as Research Analyst at Dresco Inc., a major real estate consulting firm then based in Dallas, Texas. His responsibilities there included the examination and assessment of commercial and industrial property ownership, and longitudinal analysis of the market values of such properties, throughout the major real estate markets in the Southwest, focusing on the metropolitan areas in Texas.

Mr. Norber is also actively involved in a number of sports and recreation organizations (both ad-hoc and official) including the Part-Time Golfers Association (PTGA), of which he is founder and CEO.