Economic Development

Linn Cove ViaductCERPA's Economic Development Program facilitates research and policy analysis that promotes higher standards of living and improved economic and social conditions. The program addresses a wide range of economic and social issues, such as the urban-rural divide, higher education and tax incentives, but a particular area of interest is the intersection of environmental, energy and economic policy.

Funded Projects

  • The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Regional Economy, NC Policy Collaborative, $97,850
  • The Economic Impact of Appalachian State’s Athletics Department on the Regional Economy. Athletics Department, Appalachian State University, $12,000, 2016.
  • The Economic Impact of the Watauga County Industrial Park. Watauga County Economic Development Committee, $5,000, 2014.
  • The Total Economic Impacts of the Mission Healthcare System on the Regional Economy. Mission Healthcare System, Ashville, NC, $19,750, 2014.
  • Southwestern North Carolina Opportunity Initiative. NC Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and Appalachian Regional Commission, 2013-14.
  • Mission Health System Economic and Tax Revenue Impacts, Mission Healthcare System, $20,500, 2013.
  • Western North Carolina Vitality Index, partner agencies include Duke Energy, Blue Ridge National Heritage, and USDA Forest Service, 2011-13.
  • Assess Public Policy Options for Increasing Adoption of Energy Conservation Technologies. NC State Energy Office, $32,480, 2010-11. 
  • Rural Economic Opportunity: Barriers, Resources and Best Practices. North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, $100,000, 2009-10.