What We Do

The Kansas Center for Economic Growth is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts research and analysis to promote balanced state policies that help ensure all Kansans prosper.


The Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s mission is to advance responsible policies by informing public discussion through credible, fact-based materials. We serve policymakers, the media and all Kansans who want to engage in making our state a place where opportunity and economic growth are widely shared.


The Kansas Center for Economic Growth, launched in 2013, grew out of work that had been conducted as part of the Fiscal Focus project with Kansas Action for Children.


Annie McKay is the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s Executive Director. Before joining the Center, Annie worked as a research analyst with the University of Kansas’s Institute for Educational Research and Public Service and with the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Nathan Madden is the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s Research Analyst. Before working at the Center, Nathan was a Social and Economic Research Fellow for Communities Creating Opportunity. He has also helped conduct research on sustainable living for Bridging the Gap, an environmental educational and outreach non-profit in the Kansas City area. Nathan holds a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri.

Duane Goossen is the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s Senior Fellow. Before joining the Center, Duane was a seven-term member of the Kansas House of Representatives and a budget director for 12 years under three governors. Most recently he worked as the Vice President for Fiscal and Health Policy at the Kansas Health Institute in Topeka, from which he retired in July 2014. Duane graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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