The Center for Business Research and Economic Development (CBRED) existed from 2010 to 2013 and was formed to provide Fort Smith regional economic information. It served as a catalyst for bold, innovative ideas and strategies for economic development in the area, and an active partner in the execution of sound, integrative solutions for regional prosperity and health.
In fulfillment of that vision, CBRED collected and analyzed economic and non-economic data, reported and distributed information through various media and forums that was relevant to the growth and prosperity of the Fort Smith region.
CBRED focused on three areas that governed the activities of the Center:
Resource: Develop and maintain a regional data warehouse, conduct surveys, studies and special projects necessary to provide relevant information to subscribers, clients, and the broader community.
Leadership: Provide an active voice in the region for sound yet bold economic initiatives by working with stakeholders, state and community leaders, and the media to promote regional prosperity.
Engagement: Pursue relationships within the region and state that build resources and political support for viable initiatives for the area as well as support for a sustainable center for years to come.
CBRED worked in cooperation with the College of Business and reflected the UAFS commitment to community outreach and regional economic development.