The Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR) was established in 2008 as part of the 2008-2014 Purdue North Central strategic planning process in an effort to increase the institution’s community involvement through economic and workforce development. The mission of CEDaR, therefore, is to foster the economic development of the region by the following activities: ;

  • offering educational opportunities related to economic development and entrepreneurship
  • conducting research related to regional economic and public policy initiatives
  • offering consulting and customized training services that support workforce development
  • serving as a repository and resource for regional reports and data

Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Education

Based on collaborative relationships between PNC, other institutions of higher education and local professionals involved in economic development, it is possible to offer programs (credit and non-credit) and workshops designed to educate stakeholders in the process of economic development as well as entrepreneurship. Workshops regarding specific economic development issues may be of interest to those practitioners working in the area of economic development as well as individuals serving in public offices or corporate capacities. Other workshops may be related to promoting and sustaining innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors by students and others. In addition, the College of Business currently offers a graduate certificate in Economic Development.

Economic Development and Public Policy Analysis

PNC faculty members are active participants in the Council of Regional Economic Advisors, and work in collaboration with individuals from Purdue Calumet, Valparaiso University, IVY Tech Community College, Center for Workforce Innovations, Northwest Indiana Forum, NIPSCO, and the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center. This group possesses a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise related to numerous areas of economic development and public policy. To that end, members serve as a resource available to the region for conducting analyses of the economic environment which can be disseminated through newsletters, briefings and summits to various stakeholders interested in local and regional development.

Consulting & Workforce Development

The economic development of any region depends upon the availability of a skilled workforce. Currently, faculty members within the College of Business are actively involved in a variety of training and development engagements with governmental agencies, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Programs are designed to meet the specific needs of the organization related to leadership and human resource development. In addition, faculty members are available to provide services such as economic impact studies, human resource planning and other types of consulting.

Data Repository and Other Resources

Throughout the region, various entities maintain databases and generate reports that have great importance for their constituents. CEDaR will also serve as a centralized clearinghouse where such information is readily accessible and available for more widespread dissemination.


Mailing Address:

Purdue North Central
College of Business
1401 S. U.S. Hwy 421
Westville, IN 46391-9542

Contact Numbers:

  • Toll-Free in Indiana: (800) 872-1231 ext.5524
  • LaPorte/Westville: 785-5524
  • Valpo/Portage: 462-4197, ext. 5524
  • Fax Number: 219-785-5528