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in Council of Governments
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Overview of Economic Trends in Workforce Investment Areas, South Carolina

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About the Center for Economic Development

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The University Center for Economic Development (UCED) was established in 2006 as a joint program of the Clemson University Regional Economic Development Research Laboratory (REDRL) and the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD). The UCED’s principal objective is to foster economic development in South Carolina by providing research and technical assistance to organizations and areas concerned with job and income creation.

The UCED is located in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Funding for the Center is provided by Clemson University and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Areas of Specialization

The UCED offers an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to local and state economic development issues. The UCED provides basic research, applied research, and technical assistance to ensure a comprehensive approach to economic development issues.

Basic Research. The UCED undertakes research studies that focus on economic development strategies and policy analysis. Research programs monitor the long-term changes in the global economy and assess the implications of these changes on South Carolina businesses and communities. UCED research also assesses the impacts of public policies and programs on prospects for local and state economic development.

Cokesbury, SC

Applied Research. The UCED provides expertise in research studies targeted at clearly defined regional economic development issues. Examples of applied research programs are economic and fiscal impact analysis, environmental impact analysis, industry targeting and industry cluster development, labor market studies, retail market and area analysis, economic trends and projections, and program cost – benefit analysis.

Technical Assistance. State, county, and municipal agencies and local development organizations may benefit from assistance targeted at a special regional development issue. The UCED provides technical assistance in terms of capacity building and training for local economic development professionals; preparing communities for success in the Knowledge Economy (e.g. enhance entrepreneurship and small business development, assess workforce capacities and shortcomings, and assess current telecommunication assets and needs); and assist local long run strategic planning efforts through the provision of indicators of local economic performance.

Workshops and Seminars. The Clemson UCED will conduct training and educational programs for development professionals on regional economic development issues and programs.


The UCED is located in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Research activities of the Center are concentrated in the Regional Economic Development Research Laboratory (Clemson, SC). Technical assistance activities are concentrated at the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development (Columbia, SC). For additional information, contact:

Dr. David W. Hughes
Director and Professor
(803) 788-5700 or
(864) 656-5766

Client Opportunities

The Clemson UCED serves clients in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of South Carolina. Clients may include officials with municipal, county, or state agencies; community development organizations; industry and trade associations; and in some cases, individual businesses. Preference is given to projects that have the potential to substantially enhance regional employment and income levels. Client may be requested to subsidize part of the research expenses associated with the project.