Community Planning and Development
The mission of the Center for Community Planning and Development
is to strengthen the practice of planning and community development through independent research, technical assistance, and civic education and engagement. The Center works in partnership with public, private and non-profit organizations, local governments, and development and planning professionals.
The Center for Economic Development
conducts research and offers technical assistance on urban and regional economic issues of interest to local, state, and national policymakers. Primary focus areas include regional economic analysis, regional indicators, economic impact analysis, innovation and entrepreneurship, manufacturing competitiveness, and the role of urban universities in regional development.
Public Management and Finance
The Center for Public Management
provides technical assistance to State of Ohio departments, local governments, civic groups, and nonprofit organizations in such areas as strategic planning and fiscal analysis. It houses the Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center
, one of nine university centers established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to help create sustainable environmental systems in the public and private sectors. The Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice
was founded in 2001 to support and foster the health of the nonprofit sector in our region through training and technical assistance that support the role of nonprofits in civil society; scholarly and applied research; and undergraduate and graduate education in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.
Demographic and Geographic Data and Analysis--NODIS
The Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS) is designated by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census as the regional data center for northern Ohio. U.S. Census information and other demographic and geographic data is made available to the university community, public administrators, civic organizations and the general public on a cost-recovery basis. NODIS is a leader in the use of information technology, particularly geographic information systems (GIS). Researchers provide data analysis, mapping and programming services, technical assistance and training.