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

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Previous Events

Scaled-Up Seminar and Networks of Researchers in the Southeast

Scaled-Up Seminar and Networks of Researchers in the Southeast

Last weekend, the Center hosted our 5th annual Scaled-Up Seminar in Asheville. Scaled-Up Seminar gathers economics researchers from within driving distance of WCU to present current research and provide mutual feedback. This year, 27 researchers from 20 different...

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Scaled-Up Seminar and Networks of Researchers in the Southeast

Last weekend, the Center hosted our 5th annual Scaled-Up Seminar in Asheville. Scaled-Up Seminar gathers economics researchers from within driving distance of WCU to present current research and provide mutual feedback. This year, 27 researchers from 20 different...

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...