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Evidence-based issue briefs in areas of economic development, applied research, and free enterprise.

 

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Faculty, students, and staff from across campus working on issues important in their disciplines and to the communities in our region.

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What’s New 

Thoughts from our Founding Director, Dr. Edward Lopez, and invited contributors.

Meet Betsy Butner

Meet Betsy Butner

Continuing with highlighting our 2021-22 Faculty, Student, and Graduate Affiliates, we are happy to introduce one of our Graduate Affiliates, Betsy Butner. Graduating from the Master of Social Work Program in May, Betsy is rounding out her collegiate career that began...

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Meet Libby Weitkamp

Meet Libby Weitkamp

Last week, our content marketing specialist, Allie Todd, sat down with CSFE’s newest Student Affiliate, Libby Weitkamp, to talk to her about her academic career at WCU and work with CSFE Director, Edward Lopez.  From Wake Forest, North Carolina, Libby graduated from...

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Is now a good time to be optimistic?

Is now a good time to be optimistic?

Is now a good time to be optimistic? Amidst economic malaise, political turmoil, and public health disasters, Americans on average have become more pessimistic about the future. Recent Gallup polls, for example, show that U.S. adults have in recent weeks become more...

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Meet Heidi Dent

Meet Heidi Dent

Heidi is an assistant professor of marketing in WCU's College of Business. Prior to arriving at Western, she worked in industry for 25 years. In April 2020, she finished her Doctorate in Business Administration from Jacksonville University after selling the company...

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Meet Craig Richardson

Meet Craig Richardson

Happy fall, everyone. We want to begin to introduce the newest Faculty Affiliates of our 2021-22 cohort. Last week, CSFE Content Marketing Specialist, Allie Todd, talked with Faculty Affiliate Craig Richardson about his work as director of the Center for the Study of...

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Catching up with Tyler Tarbet

Catching up with Tyler Tarbet

We occasionally use this blog to catch up with our former students who are now on to great things. Today, we are “Catching up with Tyler Tarbet.” Tyler is a 2018 graduate of Western Carolina University who majored in computer information systems and minored in...

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