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Clearinghouse Information and Research Services (CIRS)

Do you have an economic development question that requires research? The IEDC Clearinghouse Information and Research Service (CIRS) is our repository of information on the latest trends, best practices, case studies, and ongoing debates on economic development issues affecting communities across the United States and abroad.

Available to IEDC members only, the CIRS is like having a research librarian, trained in economic development, at your fingertips.

Information is available on a wide range of topics, including:

Economic development performance and benchmarking
Work force development
Business incubators
Business attraction, retention, and expansion
Managing economic development organizations
Economic development staffing and salary issues
National/state/local government funding for economic development
Private sources of funding
Faith-based initiatives
Neighborhood revitalization - trends and best practices
Hotels, convention centers, and stadiums
Historic preservation programs
Military bases, plant closures and reuses, and other conversion-related issues

With such an extensive library of information, the answer to your question or custom research need is only a click away.


Service Options and Rates


Option 1: Summary findings of IEDC resources - including references to the IEDC Bookstore - plus basic resources from partner organizations (limited to 1.5 hours of IEDC staff time)



Option 2: Custom Research (10 hour minimum)

$75/hour or Contract Basis**

*You must be an active member on your organization's IEDC membership roster to qualify for this service. Members are limited to one inquiry per month. Please contact our Membership Department at membership@iedconline.org or (202) 223-7800 to learn how you can become an active member on your organization's roster.

**If your request meets the criteria of Option 2, a Clearinghouse coordinator will contact you to secure an agreement before research begins.

Submit a question or custom research request