What We Do
History. Economic Development Research Group (EDR Group) was started in 1996, with a core group of economists and planners who had previously worked together in various combinations for over ten years. The firm was incorporated in 2000.
The firm was started with a core philosophy - to contribute to a better society by enhancing our understanding of economic processes and by improving the tools we have for decision-support regarding policies and investments. Our firm reflects a focus on economic development and its relationship to public and private investments, programs and policies. We aim to empower clients to better plan and implement actions that are efficient, sustainable and serve to grow jobs, increase incomes, reduce disparities and enhance quality of life.
We initially built a practice based on evaluation -- of past projects, existing programs and proposed future investments around North America. We have since expanded to serve a global clientele, and to advise organizations on how to better implement better processes for planning, prioritization and funding decisions that consider wider benefit and impact factors.
Activities. EDR Group's consulting business is organized in terms of four areas of expertise:
The software business line develops tools to support decision-making.
A distinguishing aspect of EDR Group is its professional leadership at the cutting edge of new technologies and approaches to improve economic evaluation and program strategies. We play major roles in professional organizations, conferences and publications, and publicly share our work on the Internet. Our web library provides an unprecedented large collection of free reports and presentations -- unmatched by any other firm in our industry.
Clients and Locations. Past and current clients of EDR Group span nearly every state in the US and nearly every province in Canada. They also include organizations located in the Australia, England, Scotland, Netherlands, South Africa and elsewhere around the world. About 2/3 are government agencies, the rest are private companies and regional business organizations. We also commonly work with engineering and planning firms around North America and in Europe.
Most of our work is conducted from our headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and is supported by satellite staff offices based in the Chicago, Los Angeles and Charlotte, NC areas. Please click on the menu bar to learn more about our services and publications.