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Center for Regional Analysis


Mission Statement

The Center for Regional Analysis is a nonpartisan research center dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing and vitality of local and regional economies through independent economic insight and date-driven analysis.  Our mission is to strengthen the knowledge base that is being used to chart a course for economic development.

 About the Center

In late 2016, EDC’s Board of Directors focused on a growing trend in the economic development industry:  the need and expectation for strong data and analysis as a fundamental to driving its own programming as well as guiding effective, sustainable growth in Lancaster County.  Recognizing a void in the Central PA marketplace, EDC advanced an ambitious initiative to develop its own applied economic research center, securing $1 million in seed grants from both The Steinman Foundation and the BB&T Economic Growth Fund at the Lancaster County Community Foundation.



Leadership & Advisory Committee

The FEDC Board, composed of business leaders, views independence in how CRA conducts research and shapes findings a core value and one of CRA’s most valuable assets.  The FEDC Board established the CRA Advisory Committee to provide support and guidance to the CRA’s establishment.  Members of this special committee are:

  • John Cox, President, Turkey Hill Dairy
  • Jonathan Fry, Principal, Simon Lever LLP
  • Mark Gainer, Retired, Union Community Bank
  • Sanjay Guglani, Chief Strategy Officer, The High Companies
  • David Hosler, COO, Murray Securus
  • Heather Valudes, Advocacy Director, The Lancaster Chamber
  • Lauren Frick, Corporate Secretary, The Steinman Foundation
  • Ryan Martin, Principal/Creative Director, The Infantree
  • Jill Welch, Partner, Barley Snyder, LLP
  • Joshua Campos, Director, Strategic Business Development, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Contact | Ph: 717.397.4046

Updates from the Center

CPBJ – Who made CPBJ’s Forty Under 40 class for 2018?

Article featured on Central Penn Business Journal. The Central Penn Business Journal has just announced the winners of their 24th annual Forty Under 40 awards. Congratulations to all the winners, especially our CRA Advisory Committee [...]

July 16th, 2018|

EDC Member Briefing

EDC’s Member Briefing was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2018 at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, PA. The theme presented throughout the luncheon was Business Retention & Expansion with an update on EDC’s Center for [...]

June 6th, 2018|

LNP – CareerLink offers help to job providers and job seekers

Article featured on LancasterOnline. Store and restaurant operators who need more employees could look at the county’s low unemployment rate and get discouraged. But Naomi Young doesn’t take that view. Young, recently hired as director [...]

May 18th, 2018|