PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Analyzing Economic Diversity

  • 01/27/2016
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Webinar




Analyzing Economic Diversity

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Many communities, particularly in rural areas, have long relied on one or two major industries to support their economy.  When those industries struggled, the communities in which they were located were devastated.  This webinar will introduce economic development practitioners to many of the key issues that they need to consider as they work to effectively diversify their economy.  In order to assist practitioners with this effort, this webinar will also introduce practitioners to a web tool that provides a set of county-level diversity metrics for the entire US.  The web tool includes data points designed to help practitioners and policymakers understand and explore several key concepts related to economic diversity. Through tables, charts, graphics, and maps, users can analyze their community's economic health, diversity, opportunities and risks, and standing versus other similar communities.


Dr. Mark White, represents the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), a membership organization founded in 1961 that promotes excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods. C2ER accomplishes this mission by:

  • Conducting training, advocacy, and research
  • Delivering innovative products and services for researchers
  • Developing professional networks

Dr. Mark White serves as Vice President of Research for the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness(CREC) – the organization that manages C2ER – where he has managed over two dozen economic and workforce development projects across the United States since arriving in 2004.

Troy Mix is a Policy Scientist with the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. candidate in Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having worked closely on past projects with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), he delivers data-driven research and analysis, strategic planning, and training services to support the economic development efforts of governments, business groups, and community stakeholders across Delaware and the mid-Atlantic region. His professional experiences include preparing comprehensive plans and economic development strategies; conducting spatial analyses of demographic and development conditions; and organizing an ongoing rural broadband initiative. He managed the data analysis for an Appalachian Regional Commission-funded research project on economic diversity and is completing a dissertation on the development of university research parks. Mr. Mix is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing/PR) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in PEDI’s Policies and Procedures.

*Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

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