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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PCRD Quarterly

An inside look into PCRD's quarterly analytics and performance from July 1 to Sept 30.

  • Engagement
  • Resources
  • Interactions


These metrics highlight some of our engagement efforts looking at projects, geographies, and individuals.

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Number of people engaged with


Number of regions engaged with


Number of engagement


We create a multitude of resources for our stakeholders to better inform them. Here are metrics around data products blog posts, and reports/studies.

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Data products


blog posts




Since engagement is a two-way street, we gauge interactions with our stakeholders via digital channels.

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Social media users reached


Website vistors


RIS visitors

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Recent News

Stay up to date with the Purdue Center for Regional Development's recent news and events.

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Rural Indiana Stats – Yearly Data Update Underway

The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) is now updating its online data platform, Rural Indiana Stats (RIS). Nearly all 130+ variables that are available on the RIS site is being updated with the newest data available. The major data…

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Workshops Explore Starting a Business at Age 50+

Who Starts a Business at Age 50+? You probably think most businesses are started by people in their twenties or thirties. That was true at one time, but not anymore. The number of businesses started by entrepreneurs between ages 55…

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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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