A joint center with the School of Business and the Muskie School of Public Service, the mission of Maine Center for Business and Economic Research (MCBER) is to provide high-quality applied-research and technical-assistance services throughout Maine’s public and private sectors. The Center draws heavily upon the combined expertise of faculty, staff, and graduate/undergraduate students from the School of Business and the Muskie School of Public Service, and other schools housed at the University of Southern Maine and other University of Maine System campuses.
As Maine’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center, baseline funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce and USM’s School of Business. In addition, for almost four decades, MCBER has been engaged in applied research and technical assistance projects funded by client organizations in the public- and private-sectors. Private-sector clients include organizations such as L.L. Bean, UNUM, Hannaford Brothers, IDEXX, TD Bank, American Automobile Association, Maine Turnpike Authority, and Maine Medical Center. Client organizations from the public sector include the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Maine Legislature, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine Department of Labor, Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Revenue Service, Maine State Planning Office, Maine Technology Institute, Maine Small Business Development Centers, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Greater Portland Council of Governments, Maine Development Foundation, and Maine Office of Innovation.
These projects are frequently quantitative and/or statistical in nature, and call upon a wide range of technical services offered by MCBER staff including forecasting, survey-based research, actuarial studies, economic-impact analysis, program evaluation, feasibility studies, market research, customer satisfaction measurement, simulation modeling, expert legal testimony, and other forms of customized business/economic analysis.
When the appropriate expertise is not in residence at USM or any other University of Maine System campus, MCBER will partner with other professional consultants.