Willdan Expands Service Line with Acquisition of Economists.com

Apr 14, 2015 | Other News

Willdan Financial Services is pleased to announce the acquisition of Economists.com, a leader in economic and financial analysis, utility cost-of-service studies, and regulatory representation and litigation support.  The firm has provided economic analysis and innovative financial solutions since 1997 to a wide range of municipal and public sector utilities and other critical infrastructure organizations. This strategic addition expands our service line as well as our geographic influence, strengthening Willdan’s position throughout the United States.

Willdan Financial Services is one of the largest public sector financial consulting firms in the United States and has worked with more than 800 cities, counties, government and private agencies and special districts to address a wide range of financial challenges. Using ingenuity and skill, we help solve challenges ranging from funding the cost of growth to generating the revenues needed to meet the service requirements of customers.  The union between Willdan and Economists.com will enhance the capabilities and expertise of our service offerings. 

With a staff of over 60 full-time consultants, Willdan Financial Services supports clients by conducting year-round workshops and on-site training to offer updates on the latest developments impacting public utility systems.  Our personal attention to each client brings a high level of professionalism to each project.  We assist our clients by providing the following services:

  • Utility rate and cost-of-service studies
  • Water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste studies
  • Economic and fiscal impact studies
  • Benchmarking studies
  • Public utility debt issuance support
  • Long-term financial plans and cash flow modeling
  • Utility system and company valuations
  • Cost allocation plans and user fee studies
  • Infrastructure planning for economic development
  • Economic development plans and strategies
  • Litigation support and regulatory representation
  • Real estate economic analysis
  • Housing development and implementation strategies
  • Arbitrage and continuing disclosure reporting

Located in Dallas, Texas, Economists.com has an extensive client base throughout the Midwest.  This merger brings almost 40 years of additional experience to the Willdan team. Dan Jackson has decades of financial consulting experience with water, wastewater, solid waste, and stormwater utilities. His accomplishments lead the industry and span throughout the United States and into the Pacific Region.  Rebecca Schafer has worked over ten years in the financial consulting arena. Having participated in more than 75 water and wastewater rate studies, financial feasibility studies and impact fee studies, she brings a wealth of practical knowledge to the organization.  By combining resources with Economists.com, Willdan Financial Services looks forward to expanding our qualifications and providing our clients with an even more comprehensive set of skills.