The Center for Research in Economic Sustainability and Trends (CREST) is a focal point to answer questions and to conduct research on economic matters and development affairs at the local levels in the South Atlanta Metro Area. It particularly focuses on counties south of highway I-20 and contributes to the development process in these localities. CREST helps local governments to recognize their challenges and to identify their strengths to achieve economic growth. CREST services include, but are not limited to, basic economic data collection, trend analysis, market studies, economic impact studies and consumers’ survey studies. Campus-students who would like to advance their analytical abilities through participation in studies and research projects can assist in CREST projects and programs to further their training and to gain valuable experience.
The goals of the Center are well tied to the overall University and College strategic initiatives relating to student involvement and engagement, faculty development and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) practitioner/research role expansion, globalization endeavors as well as understanding of diversity.
The Center for Research in Economic Sustainability and Trends (CREST) provides local governments, businesses and business communities in the region with the expertise and research capabilities needed to answer questions on local economies and to analyze market trends in order to assist these entities with making the best decision possible to achieve their goals.
CREST’s mission is an advocate for the development process in the South Atlanta Metro Area with a mandate to assist local governments and business communities in the region in identifying challenges and strengths contributing to economic growth by conducting research on economic matters and on development affairs.
- To offer local governments an business communities research capabilities and analytical abilities they need.
- To support faculty research in regional studies and business analysis.
- To encourage economic dynamism and innovation.
- To collaborate with other regional stakeholders to contribute to the economic growth and prosperity in the region.
- Double Dip Recession 2010: Myth or Reality?
- The Economic Impact of Fayette County Public School System on the County’s Regional Economy in FY 2011
- Preliminary Estimate of the Economic Impact of Stockbridge Conference Center On Henry County Economy