Our Work

Research, partnerships, and project support are just a few ways we're making an impact.

Speaker Series

Free and open to the public, we aim to give our community the chance to explore all points of view on issues of the day. We offer a forum for the campus and community to hear from renowned experts and understand multiple perspectives through civil, informed, and fruitful discourse.

Free Enterprise Speaker Series >>

Distinguished Lecture Series >>

Economics Education

As part of our mission to serve the community, we provide educators in WNC with professional development opportunities and in-classroom resources to help them teach financial and economics education to the next generation of scholars. 

Economics Education Resources >>

Upcoming Events >>

NC Data Dashboard

Our new, online information tool designed to provide easy access to recent economic trends in the counties of Western North Carolina and across the entire state to everyone from community-minded residents and college students conducting research to industry and business executives exploring possible locations for expansion.

NC Data Dashboard >>

COVID-19 Impact and Recovery

Through CSFE’s Faculty Affiliate Program, our faculty and students worked all 2020-21, and with this series of events we connected their work with our audiences: academic, policy, and community members. Their work provided workable ideas and vital insight at the intersection of health, well-being, and economic policy analysis. 

COVID-19 Town Hall >>

Supported Research and Issue Briefs

In support of our mission to provide economics research and thought leadership focused on issues in economic development in our region, we sponsor students, faculty and community members in their scholarly pursuits. Through scholarly inquiry and policy analysis, we hope to fulfill our desire to be an interdisciplinary forum that supports Western Carolina University faculty, students, and community members to exchange ideas, engage in mutual outreach, and collaborate on applied research.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Previous Events

Advisory Board meeting set for Wednesday December 09

Advisory Board meeting set for Wednesday December 09

CSFE's Advisory Board will hold its Fall 2020 meeting virtually on December 9, 2:00-3:30 p.m. As a university center in the UNC System, CSFE is governed by University of North Carolina Policy 400.5[R] and by the Center's bylaws which were adopted in 2017. The Advisory...

In The News

Our New Annual Report, 2020-21

Check out our new annual report, just released today! In the summer of 2020, as we sat down amidst those uncertain times to hash out plans for the 2020-21 academic year, I wrote the following vision statement for the Center: We produce high-impact research in three...

Recap and Video of “Helping the Community Helps Your Campus”

As summer settles in, we invite you to check out the recap (below) and video of our May 19 event, "Helping the Community Helps Your Campus: New and Replicable Ways Two University Centers are Impacting Their Communities." Craig Richardson and I are co-presenters. We...