Matt Tarleton joined Market Street in 2008 and currently serves as the firm’s Executive Vice President and Principal. In his time at Market Street, Matt has worked with more than 50 different communities, including the management of strategic planning processes for major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Indianapolis, Nashville, and Raleigh. He has also worked with many smaller communities from Watertown, South Dakota to Grand Island, Nebraska, helping build volunteer and organizational capacity to implement various economic and community improvement initiatives. In addition to directly managing specific projects, Matt is also a part of every project team at Market Street, providing research guidance and oversight.
Matt earned his master’s degree in applied economics and his bachelor’s degree in economics with urban planning as a second major from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has also spent time abroad studying at the London School of Economics. Matt has been a university instructor in macroeconomics and economic development, and he frequently speaks at conferences, seminars, board retreats, and other functions across the country on issues of community competitiveness, strategic planning for economic development, and best practices in the management of chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and destination marketing organizations. His writing and remarks have been published and quoted in Area Development, Chamber Executive, and a variety of other media outlets.
A native of the Research Triangle, Matt enjoys spending time with family in Atlanta, Raleigh, and along the coast of the Carolinas. He is an avid soccer fan who spends much of his free time in the kitchen or in his art studio (also known as the basement). He and his wife, Amy, reside in Candler Park in Atlanta.