Community & Regional Engagement

The Purdue Center for Regional Development seeks to pioneer new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity. During 2021 we assisted:


Counties & Regions



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Small Business Development

Strong and sustainable economies require the pursuit of an appropriate mix of economic development strategies, especially ones that reduce economic gaps and strengthen a region’s economic assets. During 2021 we assisted with:


Business Starts


Jobs Retained/Created

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Data Innovation

We continue to innovate when it comes to data metrics, reports, and visualizations. Two new dashboards were completed and our existing dashboards updated resulting in the following during 2021:


Dashboard Views


Technical Reports

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Digital Engagement

To ensure we reach a broader audience, our center has an online presence where we not only disseminate information but we also engage in meaningful conversations. In 2021 we had:


Web Visitors


Social Media Followers

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Thanks to the support provided by PCRD and Purdue Extension in launching the our Hometown Collaboration Initiative, our community went from zero to an All-America City finalist...

Dave Kitchell

Mayor, City of Logansport

The SMC Public Wi-Fi Program definitely sees value in PCRD's work that has allowed us to measure areas where we need more connectivity.

SMC Public Wi-Fi

IFront Door is incredibly valuable, particularly in rural areas where communities might be somewhat intimidated or reluctant to tackle marketing their cities and towns online.

Bryan Robbins

Executive Director of the Greensburg-Decatur County Economic Development Corporation

This is a valuable resource very useful to digital inclusion efforts. Little if any other data of this sort exists in such available and usable form. It is an exceptional asset.

New Mexico Digital Inclusion

Our experience with PCRD is always positive. The team recognizes that it is important to provide the information at the speed of business.

Wage Data for PRF Effort

The Purdue Center for Regional Development has been a tremendous partner to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

Sam Spergel

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

The team has been valuable to the Newton County Opportunity Zone Task Force with laying out a template to follow for developing an economic

Mike Davis

Newton County Opportunity Zone Task Force

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The Evolution of Rural Indiana Stats

The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) continues to update its online data platform, Rural Indiana Stats (RIS). The pandemic of 2020 has caused several delays and RIS was unfortunately one of those things. Recently, PCRD has had the opportunity…

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