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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 – Column: Center for Regional Analysis should give Lancaster County an economic development edge

Earlier this month, the Economic Devleopment Co. of Lancaster County announced the creation of the Center for Regional Analysis, a local applied economic research center. This new entity, supported significantly through contributions from The Steinman [...]

November 15th, 2016|

LNP – New economic research center to boost Lancaster County’s competitiveness

Lancaster County business leaders are launching a research center to study the local economy and offer executives key data as they weigh opportunities to expand or relocate. The move, announced Wednesday, is designed to boost [...]

November 3rd, 2016|