What We Do

Today’s best economic development practices are proving to be no match for the demographic and economic realities of the 21st Century.  If community leaders hope to exert influence over the pace and quality of development of their local economies in the future, they will need to operate at a whole new level.  This new level of practice involves applying a design approach to a community’s economy and workforce.  We refer to this higher level of practice as Economic Architecture.

For Economic Architecture to become a viable professional practice, a series of complicated and difficult problems must be solved.  Solving these wicked problems is the mission of the CELab.  The CELab’s work is currently focused on the following:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

POVERTY ALLEVIATION

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT