CSU institute provides webinars exploring COVID-19’s impact on Colorado’s economy

Open road near Limon, Colorado

In response to the unprecedented economic and policy changes Colorado now faces, the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI) at Colorado State University is hosting a series of webinars on the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

REDI is creating a new set of reports that integrate the relevant research and data it has to share, along with policy and programs that are emerging to support the community, industry and partners during this pandemic event.

Dawn Thilmany, professor of agribusiness and agribusiness Extension economist
Dawn Thilmany

Because the situation is changing so quickly, the “Response Reports” will be released frequently, include links that will be updated by state partners and, for many, be released along with a webinar to provide more context on what REDI is learning and can share. See updates by visiting the REDI COVID response page.

“We recognize how surreal this situation is for everyone – it is for us, too,” write Professor Stephan Weiler of the Department of Economics and Professor Dawn Thilmany of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, co-directors of REDI. “But particularly in this time of unprecedented public health, economic and social change, REDI is trying to provide context, resources and engaged discussion to share some understanding of the rapidly evolving economic situation and outlook for Colorado through a series of reports and webinars. We also hope to learn from our communities about their own responses to better inform our work over the coming months and years.”

The webinars

Below is more information about the webinars that have been scheduled:

• “Workforce and small business resources in response to COVID-19” – April 15, 1 p.m.

• “Exploring COVID-19 impacts and resources for Colorado agriculture and local food systems” – April 22, 1 p.m.

• “COVID-19’s unique impacts on rural Colorado” – April 29, 1 p.m.

There is an optional RSVP for the webinars, and the webinars can be joined via Zoom.

Stephan Weiler
Stephan Weiler

In addition, Thilmany co-presented “Economic Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Food Manufacturers” to food and beverage executives on historical examples and economic frameworks to understand the impact of COVID-19 on their companies. It is available on YouTube.

REDI@CSU is an engaged research enterprise that aims to understand, analyze and inform economic development strategies particularly in struggling regions, both urban and rural.

Read more about REDI  

More information about REDI initiatives is available from the CSU College of Liberal Arts Magazine:

  • The Rhetoric of Redevelopment: An undergraduate research academy of students from Economics and Communication Studies explore the effect and impact of urban revitalization in Denver.
  • Finding Economic Connections in the Urban-Rural Divide: Whether it’s malting barley, charter school supply and demand, or poverty and incarceration, rural and urban communities can learn from and benefit one another, providing opportunities for more people to succeed.
  • All-Ages DIY Music Venues: While Fort Collins has a strong cultural community, a cluster of craft breweries, and a thriving music scene, one thing remains: an all-ages DIY music venue.
  • The Dynamics of Development: How school attendance differs by gender in Nepal – Niroj Bhattarai explores this topic for his dissertation research.