William P. Patton, Senior Research Economist
Dr. Pat Patton is a Senior Research Economist in the Economic and Business Research Center at the University of Arizona. He teaches a graduate course on Local Community and Economic Development. His research interests include: local and regional sustainable economic development, natural resource and environmental economics, and the economics of renewable (solar) energy.
He recently served as Chief Economist for TREO. He was previously the Director of Economic Forecasting and Director of Economic Development at Tucson Electric Power Company.
He has been active in state and local economic development. He has held numerous leadership positions in economic development organizations and served on several nonprofit boards of directors. He has co-authored several books and articles on the Pima County/Tucson regional economy. He was the co-principal investigator on a series of papers and economic forecasts on the “Sun Corridor,” consisting of Pima, Pinal and Maricopa Counties. He has recently been working with AZRise on projects related to the economics of renewable energy and energy storage.He has served on the adjunct faculty or staff at The University of Arizona, Texas Christian University and Texas A&M University. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics from Texas Tech University, an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.