University of Southern Indiana
Innovation Pointe

Economic Development

Connected through initiatives and programs, CAR supports regional economic activity by providing university resources, such as in the field experts, data and observational analysis.

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Economic Impact Studies

 An economic impact analysis examines the effect of an event on the economy in a specified area, ranging from a single neighborhood to the entire globe. It usually measures changes in business revenue, business profits, personal wages and/or jobs.


Comprehensive Community Planning

CAR faculty and staff assist in this planning process, which is a type of planning that is designed to be very inclusive, culture and community-specific, and long term. Typically, these plans range from 25-100 year plans, with high-level goals and a vision that represents the overarching dreams for the community.

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Neighborhood Assets

Experts conducting these assessment focus on residential attributes that create a neighborhood, focusing on individual well-being  factors such as a person's health, economic status, skills and education. 

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Connecting Regional Partners

Through initiatives, programs and events, CAR provides numerous occasions for collaboration and exchange essential to the success of our community development.

  • About previous CAR projects:

    TIF Study
    Spring 2016

    The University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research (CAR) has been selected by the Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA) to conduct a comprehensive statewide study on tax incremental financing (TIF).
  • About previous CAR projects:

    I-69 Innovation Corridor Interchange Study
    Summer 2017

    Currently in progress, USI civil engineering students survey the undeveloped highway interchanges surrounding Interstate 69. The data captured will encourage and assist in the development of economic activities within the region.

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