Terry Clower is an expert in economic development, regional development, and quantitative methods. He is the director of the Schar School of Policy and Government’s Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) providing economic and public policy research services to sponsors in the private, non-profit and public sectors. He has authored and coauthored over 150 articles, book chapters, and research reports on economic and community development, economic and fiscal impact analysis, transportation, land use planning, housing, and economic forecasting.
What is the CRA doing to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the community?
Clower: The Schar School's Center for Regional Analysis is working with the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance on strategies and actions for local governments to support individuals and businesses through the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The work of the Alliance is clearly demonstrating a new era of cooperation and coordination among our local jurisdictions in boosting area economic competitiveness that is now expanding into promoting economic resiliency in the face of this emerging health crisis.
How are the Schar School faculty helping out with this mission?
Clower: The Center for Regional Analysis, in collaboration with several Schar School faculty members representing a wide range of disciplines and expertise, is able to support the Alliance with data and insight on business strategies, government finance, labor markets, and sector specific assets. The Schar School provides mission-critical skills and expertise supporting decision makers across the region in government, private businesses, and the non-profit sector.
What kind of work is under way so far?
Clower: We are working with staff at area economic development and tourism agencies to gather information and lay out specific actions and strategies to recommend to local leaders. The Alliance will meet [frequently] to update progress and begin the formulation of specific recommendations.