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Regional Decision Maker purpose

Regional Decision Maker is a part of US Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center grant.

Regional Decision Maker architecture

We have built an extensive spatial database on various topics: economics, demographics, land use/land cover, transportation, governance, and others. We process data we obtained from govermental agencies. We also collaborate with research faculty of Purdue University. Our data sit on dedicated university servers and we use ESRI ArcGIS Server and Adobe Flex technology to create an interactive on-line spatial decision support systems.

We are capable of building customized web applications for our clients

Regional Decision Maker team

Edward Morrison, Regional Economic Development Advisor

Ed Morrison is a member of the staff of the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University and RDM Leader. For the past five or six years, he has been developing new, network-based models for economic and workforce development. He conducted strategy projects with economic and workforce developers in the U.S. for over twenty years. His work won the first Arthur D. Little Award for excellence in economic development presented by the American Economic Development Council.

Peggy Hosea, Special Projects Manager

Peggy has worked with Purdue for six years, acting as the hub for numerous programs in the areas of regional economic and workforce development. Her expertise in project management and training support the efforts of the Regional Decision Maker initiative staff and clients.

Sam Cordes, Professor and Associate Vice Provost, Emeritus

Sam Cordes was a co-founder of the Purdue Center for Regional Development. He has held faculty and administrative roles at five major universities and was the first recipient of Washington State University’s Graduate Alumni Achievement Award. He is also a Distinguished Alumni of South Dakota State University. Much of his research, writing and community engagement have focused on regional and rural development. Supporting RDM activities from the start, Sam currentlycontributes his immense experience and knowledge to further develop RDM.

Indraneel Kumar, Regional Planner, GIS and Spatial Analyst

Indraneel joined PCRD as a Spatial and GIS Analyst in 2005. He focuses on regional economic analysis, development of GIS databases, and spatial decision support system using quantitative and GIS-based methods. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in urban and regional planning from India. Indraneel earned a second master’s degree in community planning with specialization in environmental planning from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. On August 2014, he earned a PhD in civil engineering with a major in transportation and infrastructure Systems from the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University. He is a member of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners. His 15 years of work experience includes comprehensive planning for large metropolitan areas, regions and counties in India and U.S.A with concentration on land use, transportation, and regional economic analysis.

Andrey Zhalnin, Data Analyst

Andrey's background is in Forestry and Natural Resources. He has extensive experience in spatial analysis of natural resources using GIS. He provides theoretical content in relevant areas of RDM and is responsible for data processing as well as designing and creating GIS tools on RDM. He also handles technical issues related to GIS server hardware and software.

Benjamin St. Germain, GIS Technician

Benjamin joined the staff in 2015. He uses a variety of GIS tools to help contribute to the Regional Decision Maker. He received his B.A. in Geography from Indiana University in 2013. Prior to working at the PCRD, Benjamin was the GIS Technician for the Elkhart County Auditor and interned at the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG).

Tyler Wright, Web Designer and Developer

Tyler joined the staff in 2013. Purdue has been his place of employment before and after receiving a B.S. in Computer Graphics Technology in 2012 from Purdue University. His previous employment at the University was held for two years under the College of Health and Human Sciences as an assistant web developer. Tyler has a passion for technology. He emphasizes staying current on emerging web standards and practices. Some of Tyler’s skills include HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery and more. When approaching new projects or tasks he welcomes new platforms and tools to continue learning new facets of his craft. His goal at the Purdue Center for Regional Development is to create and develop a more user centered interface, as well as increase the awareness and understanding of what PCRD is and how they affect the local area, region, nation and world.