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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:
- Ecology of Innovation
- Performance of Economic Clusters
- Industry Analysis
- Economic Analysis of Cities and Regions
- Economic Impact
- Economic Development Strategy and Policy
- Workforce Development
- Evaluation of Economic Development Initiatives
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.