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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

LNP – Episode 8: A Marketer’s Guide to Economists, featuring Naomi Young

LNP Media Group’s ‘Marketing with Walker & Grimm’ podcast recently released Episode 8: A Marketer’s Guide to Economists. This episode features Naomi Young, Director, Center for Regional Analysis. Podcast featured on LNP Media Group. What [...]

May 15th, 2018|

LNP – Basic lessons for applying data analytics to business

Column by EDC President Lisa Riggs featured on LancasterOnline. The Economic Development Company of Lancaster County announced in January its hiring of a senior-level economist, Naomi Young, to lead the operations of its new Center [...]

April 12th, 2018|

LNP – Economist Naomi Young to lead Lancaster’s new Center for Regional Analysis

Article featured on LancasterOnline.  Photo courtesy of Richard Hertzler/LNP. With employers hiring, retail centers springing up, the housing market chugging along and many workers getting raises, Lancaster County’s usually resilient economy seems to be doing [...]

January 29th, 2018|