Regional Economic Impact Workshop Presentations

Budgets are tight; making wise investments for your community is critical. Presentations in the links below from these workshops in 2011 can help you gain a better understanding of your regional economy, learn how to measure economic impact, and learn from state leaders about resources and strategies available to your community.

These presentations are designed for:

  • government officials
  • economic and community development professionals
  • business and civic leaders
  • anyone interested in learning more about measuring economic impact

The workshop series was presented in 2011 by the Economic Development Working Group, a collaboration of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Association of Indiana Counties, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Indiana Economic Development Association, Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Purdue University, and University of Southern Indiana.

Indiana State—Terre Haute, June 2, 2011

  • Understanding Your Regional Economy
    Presenter: Robert Guell, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Indiana State University
  • Best Practices Economic Impacting Economic Vitality
    Presenter: Thomas Mason, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus-Engineering Management, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Ball State—Muncie, June 8, 2011

Indiana University Southeast—New Albany, June 28, 2011

University of Southern Indiana—Evansville, July 19, 2011

Indiana University-Purdue University—Fort Wayne, August 16, 2011

LaPorte Region Workshop—October 6, 2011


  • Incubator, Accelerators, Tech Parks, and Other Hubs for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    Presenter: Scott Hutcheson, Purdue Center for Regional Development
  • Overview of Porter & La Porte County Economies
    Presenter: Dr. Derek Bjonback, Associate Professor, College of Business

Presentation offered at all seminars:

  • Measuring Economic Impact
    Presenter: Michael Hicks, Ph.D., Director, Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University