Economic Development

Purdue is one of Indiana's strongest economic partners. We help create jobs, nurture new businesses, support existing companies and help civic leaders make informed decisions about economic growth in their communities.

The Key Drivers

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When it comes to getting the most bang for their buck, individual regions of Indiana try to focus economic investment dollars in areas where they have greater strength and power than other communities. But it’s not always easy to determine that competitive advantage.

That's where the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) steps in to help. The Center partners with organizations to identify and enhance the key drivers of innovation in regions across Indiana, the U.S. and beyond.

So what are these "key drivers"? They include a vibrant and inclusive civic leadership, a commitment to collaboration, the application of advanced data support systems to promote sound decision-making, and the pursuit of economic development investments that build on the competitive assets of regions.

PCRD provides resources in several areas, including data support, collaborative research and business growth, all in an effort to pioneer new ideas and strategies to help grow and strengthen regions.

"We try to provide regions with information to help them make decisions that are the best use of their resources," says Bo Beaulieu, director of PCRD. "We are going out and really taking Purdue’s resources and talent into the regions to make an impact."

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