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Center for Economic Development

For over 30 years, the Center for Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College has conducted applied research to improve the institutions, communities, and economy of the Pittsburgh region.

Starting in 2009, its research mission was shared with the students of Heinz College. Our students now have new and exciting learning opportunities in policy and practice via CED’s Executive Fellows, all top leaders for some of the most influential and innovative institutions involved in economic, community, and technology development in the region.

By agreement with the College, these organizations submit important projects and policy questions for students and faculty advisors to engage through system synthesis capstone projects. Fellows, staff, and other professionals in policy and practice also occasionally visit campus to speak and meet with students at lectures, site visits, and workshops. To learn more about CED Fellows, faculty and staff, students, and projects and publications, use the links to the left.


Jackie Speedy
Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Management

Jon Nehlsen
Associate Dean of Advancement, External Relations and Marketing