An in-depth understanding of the issues (directly and indirectly) influencing regional economic performance as well as experience with the interaction of the various levels of government are essential to developing sustainable economic growth. Building on the CBER’s mission, the Regional Development and Economics Program Area provides public and private organizations with the resources and expertise necessary to make sound, strategic and informed decisions.

CBER has developed a strong reputation by providing independent analysis and quality research to aid clients with economic and policy choices for nearly two decades. The Regional Development and Economics Program Area employs analytical tools and data to better connect stakeholders and firms to facilitate sustainable regional growth with expertise in areas such as:

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Demographics and forecasting
  • Legislative and regulatory policy
  • Small business assistance
  • Taxation and public finance
  • Workforce development


All research efforts undertaken by the Regional Development and Economics team at CBER are conducted with an ardent and deliberate objective to remain a resource for information that focuses on the quality and integrity of our research products without taking and advocacy position within larger contextual debates.

Jennifer Shand, Director
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