The Cochise College Center for Economic Research (CER), founded in 1995, provides economic information, analysis, and forecasting to help leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors make informed decisions; provides opportunities for Cochise College students to conduct and publish research on local and regional economic issues; and educates residents of Cochise County on the local, state, and national economy through public presentations, newspaper columns, radio show appearances, and social media networking. The CER hosts economic outlook luncheons each year in Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, and Sierra Vista. The center also produces four major publications annually: Benson Economic Outlook, Bisbee Economic Outlook, Douglas Economic Outlook, and Sierra Vista Economic Outlook, released in conjunction with the luncheons.
Throughout the year, the CER responds to a wide range of information requests from business and community leaders throughout Cochise County and across the state, region, and nation. The CER director serves on community projects, committees, and task forces providing technical expertise in research methodology and serving as a source of economic and demographic information, analysis, and forecasting. The CER prepares weekly press releases that are published in newspapers countywide and provide insight into economic issues affecting Cochise County. The CER maintains an official Facebook page providing updates on the local, state, and national economies.
The CER has economic advisory committees in Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, and Sierra Vista. These committees include representatives from various sectors of the local economy who provide advice, expertise, and input to the content of the economic outlook publications and luncheon presentations. They also serve as focus groups for the study of the qualitative aspects of the local economy and provide specialized expertise related to the organizations and industries they represent.
The CER is a member of the Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER), the only community college organization in the nation holding membership. In addition, the CER is a state data center affiliate, receiving and disseminating U.S. Census Bureau data to local governments and nongovernmental data users at no charge or on a cost-recovery or reimbursable basis.