The University Center for Economic Development (UCED) at the University of Nevada, Reno was established in the fall of 1992 in response to the growing need within the state for economic development research, technical assistance and educational services. UCED's primary objective is fostering economic development throughout Nevada by making the extensive resources of the University of Nevada, Reno available to organizations and areas that can benefit from job and income creation and job retention efforts.

UCED conducts applied and basic research studies, provides technical and management assistance services, offers counseling and referral services and sponsors workshops and seminars. UCED serves clients in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in Nevada.  Clients may include state government, community, organization or trade associations and, in some cases, business and industry and individuals. When selecting clients and projects, preference is given to those with potential to substantially enhance regional employment and income levels.  To find out if UCED can assist you, contact Dr. Thomas Harris.

Applied Research

The UCED conducts substantial research studies that focus on clearly defined development problems.  Marketing studies, impact analyses, agribusiness studies, labor market studies, economic base studies and target industry analyses are among the applied research studies that UCED is prepared to undertake.

Basic Research

Nevada is a rapidly growing state; its economy is undergoing substantial changes as the state looks to advanced technology and a service-based future. The UCED is in a unique position to conduct broad based studies that deal with economic and demographic changes, development trends, diversification, strategic development planning and the implications of natural resource, environmental and economic policies.

Technical Reports

University Center Technical Reports cover many areas of research and outreach of the University Center. Areas covered are analysis of socio-economic data, feasibility studies, industrial targeting and economic/fiscal impact studies.

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Quarterly Reports

University Center Quarterly Reports are descriptions of quarterly activities for the University Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. These reports are sent to the Seattle regional office of the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

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Technical and Management Assistance

Municipal, county and state agencies, and local industry or development organizations seeking a quick response to focused problems in regional development planning can look to UCED staff and consultants for solutions.

Counseling and Referral Services

Regional development problems are often more complex than they first appear. UCED staff can help with the "scoping" for problems and approaches to problem solving.

Workshops and Seminars

The UCED organizes and conducts training and other professional educational programs ranging from introductory sessions on regional development and development planning to advanced programs that provide an in-depth treatment of specific development issues.


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Thomas Harris
Program Leader & Contact