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Purdue Center for
Regional Development


About the Purdue Center for Regional Development

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The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) seeks to pioneer new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity. Founded in 2005, the Center partners with public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to identify and enhance the key drivers of innovation in regions across Indiana, the U.S. and beyond. These drivers include a vibrant and inclusive civic leadership, a commitment to collaboration, and the application of advanced data support systems to promote sound decision-making and the pursuit of economic development investments that build on the competitive assets of regions.

PCRD is part of the University Office of Engagement, and as such, has the opportunity to partner with a wide array of departments and units. We are actively collaborating with the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs, Discovery Park, Purdue Extension, the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the Military Family Research Institute, the Purdue Research Foundation, the Office of Global Affairs, the Department of Agricultural Economics, the Department of Technology Innovation and Leadership, the Department of Civil Engineering, the Department of Food Science, the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, the College of Health and Human Sciences and more.

Outside the university campus, PCRD has a rich history of working with a number of state and regional organizations. These groups include the Indiana Association of Regional Councils, the Indiana Economic Development Association, the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), the Indiana Office of the USDA Rural Development agency and more. Counties exploring the formation of a new regional organization are welcome to seek the assistance of PCRD as well.