Spring 2017 Projects
Promoting Industrial Clusters for Economic Development across United States
In the spring of 2017, University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) students
conducted comprehensive analyses on industrial clusters across the United States.
These projects are evidence-based, quantitative and policy-oriented. They identify
both the strengths and problems of these clusters. Explicit policy recommendations
are provided to extend the former and fix the latter.
Caden Fabbi launched an exciting project on the hospitality and tourism cluster in
the “sin city”—Las Vegas. He found that while hospitality and tourism remain the
strongest industries in the area, the intensified nationwide competition has eroded
the local advantages. Therefore, it’s pressing to diversify the region. He identified
promising industries that are potential secondary economic boomers.
Meagan Pickens focused on automotive manufacturing cluster in the upstate of
Southern Carolina. She explored the long-term trend of this industry in the region
and paid special attention to the impact of the 2008 recession. She found that this
industry has been on the decline since 1990, but the strength in this industry
buffered the region from a serious loss of jobs during the recession.
Lanlan (Lany) Zhang studied the cluster in Seattle and its impact on housing market.
She found that the robust growth of jobs in Seattle drives the rent off chart. She also
showed that the soaring rent does not create an affordability problem, because of
the high wage in the cluster.
Lauren Salazar initiated a parallel study as Lanlan, and focused on the impact of the
Silicon Valley on housing prices. Taking a comparative approach of within-cluster
and out-of-cluster cities, she showed sharp differences in housing sales and rental
prices. She pointed out potential affordability problems in some cities, where the
increase of housing prices outpaces the growth of income.
Buqian (Shawn) Wen studied the health care the medical science cluster in Missouri.
Using a mixed approach of both quantitative and qualitative analyses, he quantified
the strengths of this cluster, and probed into its contribution to local employment,
GDP and community development.
These reports, available below, are based on the coursework of a global class on regional economic
development, jointly held by UMCP and Higher School of Economics (HSE), St
Petersburg. We thank the International Office at UMCP for funding this course, and
the co-instructors Leonid Limonov and Olga Rusetskaya and the Russian students at
HSE for their help in refining these projects. The EDA university center at UMCP will
continue dedicating its resources to assisting local economic development, working
on projects like these and educating students to conduct evidence-based and policy-
Posted by Kerry Fang, instructor of the global economic development course and research
assistant at EDA university center
The Hospitality and Tourism Cluster - Las Vegas
The Automotive Cluster in Upstate North Carolina
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The Employment Cluster in Seattle and the Housing Market
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Impact on Silicon Valley Cluster on Housing Prices
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The Health Care Medical Cluster in Missouri
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Spring 2016 Projects
The Dulles Airport and High Technology Employment in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, Virginia
Preserving Farmland in Prince George's County, Maryland
Hot Spot Analysis for the Mid-Atlantic States, 2010 Occupational Clusters and 2012 for the Industrial Clusters
The UMD and Morgan State University EDA Center Conducted an analysis of the Mid-Atlantic Region, identifying Occupational and Industry Areas of Concentration, in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. A sample of the results are shown here for the health care occupations for 2010. For a full examination of the occupational and industry clusters by sector see: https://umd.box.com/s/mue7gjomh3uo2sx1clnk0ldbg5nlfi67
Recent Economic Development Studies in Maryland Counties
In the Spring of 2015, Urban Studies and Planning students conducted economic development studies of Allegany County, Maryland; the Carroll-Camden Industrial Area in Baltimore, and the National Business Park in Anne Arundel County. These studies are available here.
Innovation Model to Drive Illinois’ New Science & Technology Roadmap
This image shows Illinois clusters and networks of startup firms (orange) and investors (green), along with the cities where they are located (blue). This is one of many sub-networks created from different data sources that will be combined to drive the Roadmap. Data source: CrunchBase, retrieved January, 2014.
Tracking the Dynamics of Network Relations in Industry Clusters: A Workshop,
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EDA Center to Develop Economic Strategy for St. Mary’s County
The University of Maryland-Morgan State Center for Economic Development will begin work on St. Mary’s County Maryland’s first ever Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) this summer pending final approval of the one year, $86,796 contract by the County Commissioners. The CEDS will help prepare and guide future planning efforts, government initiatives and economic growth in the rapidly growing region. It will also feature enhanced cluster analysis using innovation network modeling and analysis methods developed by University Center director, Dr. Scott Dempwolf. Dempwolf’s modeling tools, the subject of his dissertation and ongoing research, identify unique opportunities typically missed by traditional modeling, such as new technologies and entrepreneurial start-ups.
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