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.
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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June 16, 2017: Second Quarter 2017 Industry Diversification Report issued
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May 31, 2017: June 2017 Regional Economic Indicators Report issued
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May 12, 2017: Second Quarter Lee County Business Climate Survey - Report issued
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February 7, 2017: Workforce Now 2016 Overview Study issued by RERI and other members of the Research Team
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- 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, June 2017. (24 pages)
The report was released by RERI on May 31, 2017. Comments at the release of the report:
Here are some key findings:
Notes and Asides:
- The RERI and the Horizon Council published the Lee County Business Climate Survey Report for the 2nd quarter of 2017 in May. The Executive Business Climate Index for Lee County fell one point from the previous report.
- The RERI is beginning work on the second edition of the Southwest Florida Economic Almanac, due in February 2018. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions for additions to this important publication.
- On June 16, RERI Director Chris Westley will be speaking to the 2017 Leadership Bonita class on the topic, "Southwest Florida's Economy: The Good, the Bad, and the Bubble".
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 page.
To request more information, see the Contact Us page.