Marcus works on issues at the intersection of economic development and environmental planning. He seeks the best way to engage stakeholder groups to take meaningful actions in creating their future, with a current focus on scenario-based planning. He recently left the University of Minnesota as a Research Fellow and Project Coordinator for the New Agricultural Bioeconomy Project—promoting improved rural economies, returns for farmers, and environmental outcomes. Previously, he was in Northern Minnesota as a Community Planner for the Headwaters Regional Development Commission providing services in the areas of hazard mitigation, economic development, and board management. He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and completed Masters of Business Administration coursework. Marcus was formerly a member of the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council and the Statewide Wood Energy Team, and is the volunteer chair for the Heating the Midwest Policy Advisory Committee.