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Bernard Weinstein, Ph.D., is
increasingly finding that his words
and work as director of the University Cen-
ter for Economic Development and
Research at the University of North Texas
can help evaluate and even guide changes
in the Texas economy.
The UNT professor of applied econom-
ics provides information through CEDR
that influences state and local public poli-
cies and industries by mapping out eco-
nomic possibilities for clients like
nonprofit organizations, businesses and
Weinstein uses the center's studies to
determine the likely results of a client's
steps toward economic diversification. He
might examine how a town once depen-
dent on oil money can make a transition
to an economy supported by tourism. Or
he might help determine the impact of a
new form of public transportation on a
city's economy. The studies indicate how
certain moves can either hinder or help the
For example, the Dallas Area Rapid
Transit light rail system became a reality
in 1996. Every day it glides into the lives
of thousands of Texans from North Dallas
to Southern Dallas, carrying them to work,
recreation and back home. But the city
did not know how the rail would affect
its communities and workers. Researchers
at CEDR looked at county property tax
rolls and interviewed local businesses,
property owners and real estate agents.
They determined that the rail system
increased property values.
Consequently, the DART study has
become a means to promote the light rail
Bernard Weinstein, left, and
Terry Clower map out eco-
nomic possibilities and
influence public policy
through the University Cen-
ter for Economic Develop-
ment and Research. The
center's study on the Dallas
Area Rapid Transit light rail
system is being used to
promote the system and
system and its growth. Cities outside the
state, such as Denver, are using the center's
Dallas study as a tool to forecast the out-
comes of instituting their own light rail
Each CEDR study answers specific ques-
tions posed by a municipality, political
group or organization that may affect
community members or the economies
upon which they rely.
Depending on the issue, Weinstein and
CEDR associate director Terry Clower, Ph.D.,
interview key figures - residents, politicians,
community leaders - and examine financial
data, demographics, business information,
natural resources and other areas to deter-
mine the client's assets and challenges.
Dan S. Petty is president of the North Texas
Commission, a 400-member organization that
promotes economic growth in the Metroplex
and studies issues affecting education, air
quality, work force development and popula-
tion change in the region. Petty says CEDR is
often called upon to study the quality of life in
North Texas and increase the area's visibility
both nationally and internationally.
"We correspond with the center's
researchers on a regular basis to get their
opinions on each of our projects to promote
the area," says Petty, whose organization is
made up of hundreds of businesses, cities,
counties and public institutions. "They pro-
vide us with an accurate picture of what this
region has to offer and the areas we must
improve to draw needed industry."
Weinstein calls CEDR a natural extension
of UNT's role as a public institution. He says
it provides a public service by spurring eco-
nomic growth and applying academic knowl-
edge to public policy.
"We try to bring light to community
issues," Weinstein says. "This is not your
typical academic research because we deal
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