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 2022 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 2022 we assisted with:


Business Starts


Jobs Created/Supported

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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 2022:


Dashboard Views


Data/Technical Support

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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 2022 we had:


Web Visitors


Social Media Followers

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PCRD Quarterly

An inside look into PCRD's quarterly analytics and performance from January to March, 2023.

  • 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

View our 2022 Annual Report

Recent News

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

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FCC Broadband Collection

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently engaged in a new broadband data collection effort after adopting the Digital Opportunity Data Collection (DODC) program in 2019 and Congress passing the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act. This has…

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Planning That Feeds the Region

They say: “Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You.” To the contrary, six local economic development organizations (LEDOs) in the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission (KIRPC) region just launched an Agricultural Strategy Plan to better support its local farmers and agribusinesses.…

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Office of Engagement Update – May 2023

The last couple of weeks have been filled with Engagement celebrations! Our 11th annual engagement awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023. Individuals and groups honored included: Corps of Engagement Award Military Family Research Institute Reaching Rural Veterans…

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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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