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Center for Research on Economic Stability and Trends

The Center for Research on Economic Sustainability and Trends (CREST) conducts research on economic matters and development affairs 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 and businesses to achieve economic growth by recognizing their challenges and identifying their strengths.

Center services include, but are not limited to, economic impact studies, basic economic data collection, trend analysis, and market studies. Clayton State University students who would like to advance their analytical abilities through participation in 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 of Business strategic initiatives related 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.


To assist local governments and business communities in the South Atlanta Metro Area with achieving their goals by conducting research on economic matters


  • To contribute to the economic growth and prosperity in the region by collaborating with other regional stakeholders.
  • To support faculty research in regional studies.
  • To encourage economic dynamism and innovation.

Selected projects

  • The Effect of Pinewood Atlanta Studios on the Economic Development of Fayette County
  • Cost of Living Index for Fayette County
  • 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

Program director

Iryna Hayduk, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Economics