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Barnhart Economic Services specializes in economic analysis for EB-5 Regional Centers and projects, and has quickly become one of the top industry consultants with over 27 combined years of expertise and project experience valued at over $15.3 billion in aggregate.

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Located in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida, our client base is national.

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Dr. Scott W. Barnhart - President - Barnhart Economic Services

Dr. Scott W. Barnhart


Dr. Barnhart teaches Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions and Investments. His research has…

Dr. Cora M. Barnhart - Vice President - Barnhart Economic Services

Dr. Cora. Barnhart

Vice President

In addition to service as VP of BES, Dr. Barnhart is also an Associate Professor at the…

About the Company

Barnhart Economic Services, LLC is an economic consulting firm specializing in economic impact analysis, EB-5 job creation analysis, business plan preparation services and EB-5 project consultation. 

The firm was founded in 2008, when the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program was in its infancy when only 13 Regional Centers were in existence.

Our EB-5 Investment consulting firm has conducted economic studies for projects with capital expenditures in excess of $9.45 Billion with accompanying gross revenues of $6.43 Billion. 

The firm has successfully completed  analyses for a variety of industries, including basic infrastructure development, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, sports stadiums, deep water container ports, chain as well as luxury resort hotels, office buildings, restaurants, health care facilities and hospitals, assisted living facilities, real estate development, education, entertainment, mining, retail stores and shopping malls.

In addition, the firm provides job creation feasibility studies as well as full economic reports for EB-5 Regional Center projects.

With 27 combined years of economic impact (job creation) experience,

three PhD economists on staff, Barnhart Economic Services, LLC has positioned itself as the preeminent economic consulting group.

We take pride in concise and accurate technical job creation reports with quick turn-around time and a 100% acceptance rate thus far from USCIS. |

The BES group has vast experience with the USCIS EB-5 approval process including new Regional Center establishment, hypothetical, exemplar and actual Regional Center projects, Targeted Employment Area (TEA) determination, and agency Requests for Evidence (RFE).  Barnhart Economic Services, LLC stands ready to elevate your project to approved status.

Our Skilled EB-5 Staff will work with you to determine the best course of progression.

Dr. Scott W. Barnhart

President of Barnhart Economic Services, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in EB-5 economic job creation studies, TEA (Targeted Employment Area) designations, and EB-5 business plan writing as well as litigation support services.

Dr. Barnhart received his Ph.D. in economics/econometrics from Texas A&M University and is an Associate Professor of Finance and the Program Director of the Certified Financial Planner™ Program at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.

Dr. Barnhart has used RIMS II and IMPLAN Pro Input-Output models to estimate the economic job creation impacts in support of I-924 regional center applications and RFE (Request for Further Evidence) responses for dozens of regional centers resulting in excess of 300 job creation and TEA reports submitted to USCIS in the EB-5 program.

To date, the firm has analyzed projects with capital expenditures in excess of $8 billion with associated gross revenues of $4 billion. Projects include $10-$15 million hotels and assisted living facilities, $200-$500 million destination hotels and office buildings, and a $1.3 billion deep water cargo port off the coast of Louisiana. Professor Barnhart is also an active speaker in the national EB-5 circuit, having discussed EB-5 job creation and RFE issues in seminars across the US. 

In addition, Dr. Barnhart has consulted on legal cases ranging from stock valuation and ownership disputes to violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to personal injury and wrongful birth and death.

Dr. Barnhart teaches Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions and Investments. His research interests are in the areas of mutual funds, futures markets, corporate governance, exchange rates and the application of econometrics in testing financial theories.

His research has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Harvard University’s Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Empirical Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Review, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Journal of Futures Markets, and other finance and economics journals.

Dr. Cora Barnhart

Vice President of Barnhart Economic Services, LLC, as well as an Associate Professor at the Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA). Prior to PBA, Dr. Barnhart served full-time on the faculties of Florida Atlantic University, Lander University and Furman University.

While at Lander University, she was the Director of the Center for Economic Education, where she organized activities intended to assist high school teachers teaching economics courses for high school students. She also coordinated Clemson University’s MBA program at Lander University. Dr. Barnhart received her Ph.D. from Clemson University.

Since moving to Florida, she has taught at Florida Atlantic University and served as the editor of the Tax section of the Bankrate Monitor. She has written several tax and personal finance articles published on Internet Web sites, including Bankrate, Yahoo and USA Today. She is also a visiting scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta.

Her academic publications include articles in Economic Inquiry, Public Choice, The Journal of Futures Markets, Corporate Finance Review and Financial Practice and Education.

Her current research interests include the historical distribution of returns in emerging industries and the effects of central bank intervention on currency markets.