Community Research Institute

Community Research Institute

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The Community Research Institute (CRI) is one of IPFW's commitments at the Fort Wayne campus to promote the growth and vitality of northeast Indiana. The Institute serves as one of the portals linking expertise at IPFW with the needs of public, private, and non-profit leaders in northeast Indiana. CRI provides contract-based research and analytical services through ongoing support, special in-depth reports, presentations, and economic commentary.

Our service areas include:

  • Demographic and economic data analysis
  • Fine-grain occupational, industry, and education data and analysis from EMSI
  • Strategic planning
  • Project management
  • Public policy review
  • Legislative analysis
  • Economic, workforce, and community development support
  • Benchmark and performance metric tracking
  • Meeting facilitation

The Community Research Institute was founded in 1982 by Dr. Thomas Guthrie, who served as the director for twenty years, and led by John Stafford, AICP, from 2003 until mid-2013. From mid-2013 until fall 2016, CRI was led by Ellen Cutter, AICP. John Stafford, AICP, returned to serve as interim director from early 2017 to mid-2017.  Rachel Blakeman currently serves as CRI director. Over the Institute’s 35 year history, it has grown to become a trusted partner in northeast Indiana’s business, government, and civic communities.