University Center for Economic Development

UCED fosters economic development throughout Nevada by making the extensive resources of the University of Nevada, Reno available to organizations and areas that can benefit from job and income creation and job retention efforts.

Sage Outlook podcasts & videos

View videos and podcasts about Nevada agriculture and economics from University and outside experts.

Organizations & Projects

View educational materials available to local community and economic development practitioners, such as community leaders, elected officials, county and area extension educators and community planners.


Discover resources offered by UCED to conduct your own research to examine and assess changing economic conditions within Nevada with the Nevada Regional Economic Analysis tools. 


The University Center for Economic Development offers a variety of Technical Reports, Quarterly Reports, and Extension Fact Sheets available by request.

About Us

We conduct applied and basic research studies, provide technical and management assistance services, offer counseling and referral services and sponsor workshops and seminars. We serve clients in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in Nevada. Clients may include state government, community, organization or trade associations and, in some cases, business and industry and individuals. When selecting clients and projects, preference is given to those with potential to substantially enhance regional employment and income levels.

UCED is supported by Extension, a unit of the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources engaged in Nevada communities, presenting research-based knowledge to address critical community needs.

Basic and Applied Research

We conduct substantial research studies that focus on clearly defined development problems, including marketing studies, impact analyses, agribusiness studies, labor market studies, economic base studies and target industry analyses.

Technical and Management Assistance

Municipal, county and state agencies, and local industry or development organizations seeking a quick response to focused problems in regional development planning can look to UCED staff and consultants for solutions.

Workshops and Seminars

Nevada's economy is undergoing substantial changes as the state looks to advanced technology and a service-based future. The UCED conducts broad-based studies that deal with economic and demographic changes, development trends, diversification, strategic development planning and the implications of natural resource, environmental and economic policies.

Counseling and Referral Services

Regional development problems are often more complex than they first appear. UCED staff can help with the "scoping" for problems and approaches to problem solving.