The Regional Economic Research Institute (RERI) issues a monthly report, Regional Economic Indicators, which analyzes a wide range of economic data from the 5-county region of Southwest Florida. It also includes National economic data of interest. The monthly Indicators report has been issued since early 2007. The August 2015 summary and report can be found at the following link:
The Regional Economic Research Institute (RERI) was developed to perform economic research, analysis, and forecasting for both the region and the individual economic development organizations in this area. The structure of the RERI includes partnerships with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and the area economic development organizations.
The director of the RERI is Dr. Christopher Westley, Professor of Economics in the Lutgert College of Business.
Beginning with the first quarter of 2012, the RERI is also issuing the Lee County Business Climate Survey Report. This quarterly report is a result of a new partnership between The Horizon Council and Florida Gulf Coast University. The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues.
The Report summarizes the results of the Executive Business Climate Survey. It provides a view of the local economy, based on responses from senior executives of companies from a broad range of industries across the county.
To access these reports and other RERI research projects, please go to the following website: Regional Economic Research Institute