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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 partnership with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and the area economic development organizations.

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


September 30, 2016: October Regional Economic Indicators Report issued
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September 26, 2016: Third Quarter Industry Diversification Report issued
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August 16, 2016: Third Quarter Lee County Business Climate Survey - Report issued
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Quarterly Reports

  • Industry Diversification Report
    Beginning with the first quarter of 2016, RERI has issued this report. It analyzes the RERI-designed FGCU Industry Diversification Index. The goal of the IDI is to measure industry diversification and, by extension, that of the workforce, in each of Florida's 24 workforce regions, the state of Florida, and the remaining 49 states.

  • Business Climate Survey Report
    Beginning with the first quarter of 2012, RERI has issuined this report. This quarterly report is a result of a partnership between The Horizon Council and Florida Gulf Coast University. The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues.
    The Report summarizes the results of the Executive Business Climate Survey. It provides a view of the local economy, based on responses from senior executives of companies from a broad range of industries across the county.

In addition to these quarterly reports, RERI continues to issue a monthly report: Regional Economic Indicators, which analyzes a wide range of economic data from the 5-county region of Southwest Florida. It also includes National economic data of interest. The monthly Indicators report has been issued since early 2007.

Documents most recently issued by the Institute:
(For earlier documents, see the Archive page)

Our Quarterly Reports

Our Monthly Report:

Regional Economic Indicators, October 2016. pdf (22 pages)
The report was released by RERI on September 30, 2016. Comments at the release of the report:

Here are some key findings:

Key findings

Notes and Asides:

  • The Federal Reserve released its quarterly projections for national GDP growth and unemployment on September 21st, showing growth expectations in the 2 percent range over the next few years and unemployment well within the range associate with the natural rate. Southwest Florida's GDP and unemployment tend to fluctuate more broadly on the high and low sides than the national numbers.
  • Contact the RERI if you would like to purchase a sponsorship in the forthcoming Economic Almanac of Southwest Florida.
  • The latest issue of the RERI's Industry Diversification Report was published in September. Visit the Industry Diversification Project website for more information.

The most recently published study:

Barriers to Small Business Growth
July 25, 2014 pdf (44 pages)
The purpose of this survey is to better understand the factors that are limiting small business growth in the greater Lee County area. This survey provides insights about key concerns and issues facing small businesses.

Many additional documents that can be reviewed and downloaded are available on the Reports and Studies page.

Links to our partner organizations are available on the Links pagae.

To request more information, see the Contact Us page.


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