Terry Rephann
eQuotient Inc.
803 Trost Avenue
Cumberland, MD 21502
telephone/fax:1 (301) 722-3930 

eQuotient, Inc. goes online.

Cumberland, MD -- November 23, 1999 -- eQuotient, Inc., an e-based economic consulting firm, announced the initiation of its web operations today. The company, based in Cumberland, Maryland, a small city located in the Allegheny mountain region of Western Maryland focuses on rural development issues. "We specialize in project evaluation, impact analysis, public policy research, regional forecasting, survey design and implementation, statistical analysis, modelling and simulation, software design and development, and Geographic Information Systems, " its Director, Dr. Terry Rephann, explained. "Anything having to do with the spatial, economic, environmental, social, and distributional impacts of industry, social programs, and public infrastructure is our forté," he added, "but we also serve as external consultants to assess goal achievement for public grants and conduct public opinion surveys and market studies."

One of the biggest differences between eQuotient, Inc. and its market rivals is a focus on innovation and peer-reviewed methodologies and results. "Lots of economic development, accounting, public relations, and engineering firms can do economic impact studies. But, they are generally pro-forma studies conducted with a cookie-cutter, one-size fits all approach and they rarely reflect the state-of-the-art in social science research methodology." "We are quite different in this regard, " notes Rephann. "We keep up with the literature in our field, attend academic conferences, seek out the latest techniques for impact measurement, and strive to present and publish our results to scientific as well as lay audiences."

One of the company's long-term projects is to develop a suite of small area software planning tools. Rephann explains "Our goal is to produce a suite of integrated software tools for local economic planning, including input-output, econometric, cohort-component population projection, microsimulation, quasi-experimental benchmarking, and industry targeting models. They could be used for county and municipal planning."