About BERC

Since its establishment at Middle Tennessee State University in 1970, the Business and Economic Research Center (BERC) has conducted research on the regional economy as a public service and on a contract basis for clients from the community.

BERC publishes two quarterly reports: Global Commerce—Tennessee and the International Economy, edited by Dr. Steven Livingston, and Housing Tennessee, in partnership with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. 
Recent research projects for external clients include an economic impact assessment for Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee, an economic and fiscal impact for Cumberland University, a study of Williamson County's population growth and economic dynamics, a benefit-cost analysis of the proposed Cates Landing port rail system, and an economic and fiscal assessment of the city school system in Florence, Ala. 
For MTSU, BERC conducts research on the economic impact of the University and its alumni, feasibility studies for prospective degree programs, degree cost estimates, and the impact of federally funded university research and development on economic growth.

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