OCU Opens New Economic Research Centers

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OCU Opens New Economic Research Centers


Brus, Brian, THE JOURNAL RECORD


OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City University has launched three new economic research centers, Dean Steven Agee said Friday.

The OCU Meinders School of Business centers are dedicated to domains that have been highly sought by the state and regional business community, Agee said. They are a direct market response to an underserved need.

"The impetus for this is demand by business and industry," Agee said. "We do economic studies for the city of Oklahoma City; we do work for the Corporation Commission. ... As we've become better known for the research work we already do, other entities have asked that we do the same thing for them."

The Steven C. Agee Economic Research & Policy Institute now includes the Center for Economic Forecasting and Policy Analysis, the Center for Native American and Urban Studies and the Center for Data Analytics.

At the Center for Economic Forecasting and Policy Analysis, led by Executive Director Russell Evans, data-driven research will be used to support decision-making processes of the region's business and policy leaders, Agee said. Focal areas will be economic and tax forecasting, policy analysis and regional economic development strategy.

The naming of the Center for Native American and Urban Studies reveals its purpose: support the growth of Native American business and industry, not just in Oklahoma but for tribal organizations nationwide. The center will work with municipal and state leaders to develop policies that benefit citizens and support growth objectives. It will be led by Kyle Dean, another OCU economics professor, like Evans.

"Having a dedicated center will allow us to sharpen our focus, applying cutting-edge economic research to assist tribes, cities and broader regions as they strive to meet development goals," Dean said in a prepared statement. …

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