The Center assists economic development organizations in the region such as the San Joaquin Partnership and Stanislaus Alliance with data and analysis to support their efforts. For example, the Center participates in a national program to collect cost-of-living data for local areas. See the Cost of Living Index (COLI) web page for the latest data on San Joaquin County and other locations in California.
The Center recently received funding from the U.S. Economic Development Agency to support the North San Joaquin Valley Regional Assessment Project. The project defines the 3-county North San Joaquin Valley as a distinct economic region, and encourages collaborative economic development efforts and more positive ties for the region to the Bay Area and larger Northern California megaregion. See the North San Joaquin Valley Regional Assessment Project web page for more information.