The Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR) was established in 2008 as part of the 2008-2014 Purdue North Central, now Purdue University Northwest, strategic planning process in an effort to increase the institution’s community involvement through economic and workforce development. The mission of CEDaR, therefore, is to foster the economic development of the region by the following activities:
- offering educational opportunities related to economic development and entrepreneurship
- conducting research related to regional economic and public policy initiatives
- offering consulting and customized training services that support workforce development
- serving as a repository and resource for regional reports and data
Based on collaborative relationships between Purdue Northwest, other institutions of higher education and local professionals involved in economic development, it is possible to offer programs (credit and non-credit) and workshops designed to educate stakeholders in the process of economic development as well as entrepreneurship. Workshops regarding specific economic development issues may be of interest to those practitioners working in the area of economic development as well as individuals serving in public offices or corporate capacities. Other workshops may be related to promoting and sustaining innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors by students and others. In addition, the College of Business currently offers a graduate certificate in Economic Development.
Purdue Northwest faculty members are active participants in the Council of Regional Economic Advisors, and work in collaboration with individuals from Valparaiso University, IVY Tech Community College, Center for Workforce Innovations, Northwest Indiana Forum, NIPSCO, and the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center. This group possesses a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise related to numerous areas of economic development and public policy. To that end, members serve as a resource available to the region for conducting analyses of the economic environment which can be disseminated through newsletters, briefings and summits to various stakeholders interested in local and regional development.
The economic development of any region depends upon the availability of a skilled workforce. Currently, faculty members within the College of Business are actively involved in a variety of training and development engagements with governmental agencies, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Programs are designed to meet the specific needs of the organization related to leadership and human resource development. In addition, faculty members are available to provide services such as economic impact studies, human resource planning and other types of consulting.
Throughout the region, various entities maintain databases and generate reports that have great importance for their constituents. CEDaR will also serve as a centralized clearinghouse where such information is readily accessible and available for more widespread dissemination.
Center for Economic Development and Research
College of Business
Purdue University Northwest
1401 S. U.S. Hwy 421
Westville, IN 46391-9542
Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance and Economic Development
Director, Center for Economic Development and Research
Dr. Jane Mutchler
Dean, College of Business