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Lutgert College of Business

Lutgert College of Business

Regional Economic Research Institute

The Regional Economic Research Institute (RERI) was developed to perform economic research, analysis, and forecasting for both the region and the individual economic development organizations in this area. The structure of the RERI includes partnerships with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and the area economic development organizations.

The director of the RERI is Dr. Christopher Westley, Professor of Economics in the Lutgert College of Business. 

More about Dr. Westley and RERI Staff


February 14, 2017: Presenting a wide range of social, economic, and demographic data for our region, the Regional Economic Research Institute released its first annual Southwest Florida Economic Almanac today.

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February 9, 2018: First Quarter Lee County Business Climate Survey - Report issued
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January 31, 2018: February 2018 Regional Economic Indicators Report issued
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December 19, 2017: Southwest Florida Key Industry Clusters 2017 issued by RERI
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December 12, 2017: Workforce Now 2017 Overview Study issued by RERI and other members of the Research Team
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December 11, 2017: Fourth Quarter Industry Diversification Report issued
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RERI works closely with the Institute for Entrepreneurship, the Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development and Finance, and the Small Business Development Center, all of which are housed in the Lutgert College of Business at FGCU.