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The Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State is Available to Assist

Dear Colleagues,

Our society is entering uncharted territory for many aspects of daily life. Amid growing concerns about our health and wellbeing, many Americans are concerned about job security and the future. After experiencing the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, we are now threatened by the uncertainty of a global health and economic crisis.

Employers, big and small, in every sector of the economy have been forced to make difficult decisions the past few weeks. As the situation progresses, more challenging choices may likely arise. Many people might lose their jobs, and the most affected could be those that are already economically vulnerable.

In this time of confusion and uneasiness, we would like to assure regional stakeholders that the Center for Economic Development within the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University is here to help.

We are following campus guidelines to work remotely from home. Still, our staff is ready to help wherever needed via phone calls and video conferences. We invite employers, regional development agencies, and local governments to contact us if you need assistance. We can help with data collection, grant applications, business and resident surveys, and overall economic development strategy.

Please do not hesitate to reach out; the Center for Economic Development is ready to help wherever possible. Let’s all work together to get our region through these unprecedented economic times.

Sincerely & best of health,

Iryna V. Lendel
Research Associate Professor
Director | Center for Economic Development
Levin College of Urban Affairs | Cleveland State University | Tel: 216-875-9967

The Center for Economic Development provides research and technical assistance to government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry. The Center for Economic Development serves as a designated Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center, since 1985.

The Center has expertise in the following research areas:

The Center’s professional staff includes four full-time researchers, associated faculty, and several graduate research assistants. The Center works with funders, partners, and clients at the national, state, regional, and local levels.  All of the Center’s research is summarized in publications, including working reports, journal articles, and book chapters.