About HWA Analytics


Kim Hill is co-Founder and President of HWA Analytics, a Michigan-based research and consulting firm he helped establish in 2013.  The firm’s focus is on providing research, consulting, advising and partnering services to public and private sector organizations in the areas of automotive and advanced transportation, advanced manufacturing and sustainable economic development practices.  The firm’s expertise lies in technology trends, labor market analytics, supply chains, sustainable development strategies, market research, climate change, and societal sustainability.  The HWA team has experience in economic analysis, market research, competitive intelligence, supply chain analysis, financial forecasting, data management, corporate and public sector strategy, and client relations.  HWA has worked with Fortune 500 companies, many small and medium-sized companies, and also in the public sector.


Mr. Hill leverages 17 years of experience at the Center for Automotive Research, where he rose to Group Research Director and Associate Director of Research. Hill authored studies that quantified the economic and employment contributions of assembly plants, companies, and entire industries to the economies of individual states and the nation, while focusing on sustainable solutions for communities whose traditional auto sectors were undergoing unprecedented restructuring. He created and directed the Automotive Communities Partnership program that delivered advanced manufacturing sector intelligence and trend forecasting to many states and communities across the Great lakes region in the United States and Canada.


HWA advises on policy and business feasibility for connected, automated, electric and hybrid, and alternative-fueled vehicles, and the supporting infrastructures.  HWA provides expertise on technological white spaces and how governments and the private sector can leverage their assets to capitalize on opportunities in the intellectual areas of the automotive and transportation sectors.  HWA is currently working with many clients researching the various facets of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and assessing potential business models adapted to these technologies. Hill has served on the MichAuto Steering and Advocacy Committees, and is currently serving on the Business Development Advisory Committee of Ann Arbor SPARK.  Hill played an early role in studying the feasibility and creating a business model for the American Center of Mobility, at Willow Run Airport, MI—an automated and connected vehicle testing and validation facility.   


Further, Hill and his team have engaged with many communities undergoing major economic transitions. Hill has led the formation and staffing of task forces and community groups focused on transitioning the economy of the communities. His firm has also provided data and intelligence to the efforts. Communities assisted by Hill include Sterling Heights, MI (Chrysler announced plant closing), St. Louis, MO (Ford plant announced closing), Normal, IL (growing the interaction between the community of Normal and Mitsubishi Motors of America), Lima, OH (helping the community position itself to solicit and win major investment in the local automotive operations), Janesville, WI (helped the community leaders engage in a dialogue with General Motors, and also to begin the visioning, planning and implementation process for transitioning the community).  Further, Hill has recently worked with Sterling Heights, MI, to examine the feasibility of an innovation collaboration center, with the Detroit Region Aerotropolis to brand, market, and create a strategy to market the qualities and assets of the region to potential private sector investors, and with the Tennessee Valley Authority to develop a strategy to attract automotive and technology companies to the Huntsville, Alabama region along with many other clients. 


HWA’s Consulting Services Team


HWA uses an operational model that supplements permanent staff with highly skilled and experienced independent contractors to form a team that is ideal for each specific project that the firm undertakes.  This produces the best outcomes feasible in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, offering high quality analyses targeted to the focus of the project.


Contact Information


Kim Hill




HWA Analytics, LLC


1801 Chandler Rd.


Ann Arbor