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.
Heidi Holliday is the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s executive director. She was previously the executive director of the Rosedale Development Association in Kansas City and the program director for Rosedale Healthy Kids. Heidi holds a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College and a master’s degree in public administration from the Bloch School at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Heidi is on the board of the Sharing Community of Rosedale, and is a graduate of Wyandotte Leadership 2000.
Emily Fetsch is the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s policy and research analyst. Previously, she was a researcher at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Public Religion Research Institute and the associate director at the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Kansas.
Michael Raven is the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s assistant research analyst. He serves as a researcher for Wikistrat, has worked on political campaigns, and coached debate. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Clay Wirestone is the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s senior communications specialist. He has worked for the Topeka Capital-Journal, Concord (N.H.) Monitor, Tampa Tribune and Philadelphia Inquirer. Clay has written for PolitiFact, Mental Floss and the History Channel, and his work has appeared on cnn.com and HuffPost. He earned English and journalism degrees from the University of Kansas.