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Launched in early 2018, the Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) is the premier source of insight into the economic conditions and market issues that drive our local economy and impact the growth of regional communities and businesses. Established by the EDC Lancaster County, the Center provides economic insights and data analytics to guide decisions that drive market performance and growth for private businesses and for policy makers.

To learn more about EDC’s Center for Regional Analysis, contact Rae Ann Miller.


Consumer Sentiment Reports:

An early read on the economic outlook of Lancaster County residents

EDC’s Center for Regional Analysis conducts a bi-monthly poll of Lancaster County residents’ confidence in and expectations about the local economy.

Click the links below to view or download full monthly reports.

Research Projects:

Tracking initial claims to understand the state of business

The Center for Regional Analysis has conducted various research projects for public- and private-sector businesses, municipalities and organizations. Below are reports that CRA clients have given permission to share.

Click the links below to view or download reports.

COVID-19 Economic Impact:

Small Business is the Business of Lancaster County

Lancaster County’s economy is made up of small businesses – with over 13,000 businesses, all but 3% have fewer than 100 employees.  These small businesses face the greatest risk of closure as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the economy slips into a recession.

Tracking Initial Claims to Understand the State of Business

At a time of economic uncertainty fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, initial unemployment claims provided important, timely information on how businesses were responding to pandemic conditions and signaled their outlook on the economy returning to normal.

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Presented by series sponsor Fulton Private Bank and produced by LNP Media Group, the EDC Data Briefs series aims to inform Lancaster’s business and community leaders by bringing data-driven insights from CRA’s quarterly Economic Intelligence Reports to your phone, tablet, or computer screen in a short, easy-to-digest video format.

Episode 1 (Q1 2024)