About

Mission and Service

The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) is the applied business and economic research branch of Marshall University. CBER aims to advance economic development in the WV-KY-OH Tri-State Region and State of West Virginia by researching and analyzing economic and policy issues. CBER also serves the business community with a wide range of consulting services, including economic impact analyses, market assessments, feasibility studies, data analysis, forecasting, and strategic planning.

History

CBER was established in 1994 to enhance regional economic development endeavors. CBER began by providing services to the business community by leveraging expertise within the College of Business. In 1998, CBER merged with the Applied Research Division at Marshall University, adding additional researchers and expertise.

In 2004, CBER became a subsidiary of the Marshall University Research Corporation (MURC), a 501(C)(3) organization established by Marshall University to administer externally funded projects. Since 2011, the Appalachian Transportation Institute (ATI) has served as the umbrella organization for CBER due to their complementary missions of advancing regional economic development.

Our Team

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Mark Burton
Director
Location: 2nd Floor - City National Bank Building
Telephone: 304-696-5747
E-mail: burtonm@marshall.edu
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Christine Risch
Director of Research
Location: 2nd Floor - City National Bank Building
Telephone: 304-696-5754
E-mail: christine.risch@marshall.edu
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Kent Sowards
Public Policy Fellow
Telephone: 304-696-5747
E-mail: sowards10@marshall.edu
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Brie Salmons
Operations Manager
Location: 2nd Floor - City National Bank Building
Telephone: 304-696-5790
E-mail: brianne.salmons@marshall.edu
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Justin Matthews
Senior Research Associate
Location: 2nd Floor - City National Bank Building
Telephone: 304-696-5751
E-mail: matthews3@marshall.edu
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Myia Hill
Research Associate
Location: 2nd Floor - City National Bank Building
Telephone: 304-696-5747
E-mail: hill420@marshall.edu
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Will Sheils
Research Associate
Location: 2nd Floor - City National Bank Building
E-mail: sheils7@marshall.edu
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Jim Atkinson
Data Network Specialist
Location: 2nd Floor - City National Bank Building
Telephone: 304-696-5741
E-mail: jatkinso@marshall.edu