Latest REDI Reports

Western Slope fruit and vegetable producers currently lack access to infrastructure needed to pursue value-added processing opportunities due to capital, labor and scale concerns. An innovative model for a revenue-generating dehydration service at the West Slope Branch of Food Bank of the Rockies in collaboration with regional fruit producers may complement efforts to match producers, new value-added facilities and hunger relief efforts.…
There is a wage gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Mexican-born farmworkers with indigenous workers taking home 5.25% less in pay. Lower education levels, fewer years of farmwork experience, higher proportions of undocumented status, and lower English proficiency are among the factors contributing to the wage gap.…
There is a proposed ordinance to ban the operation of existing and future livestock harvest operations in Denver, a hub of lamb processing for the state and nation, representing 15- 20% of US lamb harvest capacity. The most pessimistic potential economic impact to the Colorado economy is a reduction of $861 million in current economic activity and 2,787 jobs after accounting for multiplier effects.…
With the Rocky Mountains as such a popular vacation destination, short-term rentals have been a part of Colorado for a long time. Stress on the housing supply may be making it difficult for lower-income individuals and families to find housing in mountain communities. Short-term rentals being so readily available increases the demand for housing with an already limited supply.…

Purpose

REDI is an engaged research enterprise that aims to understand, analyze, and inform economic development strategies particularly in struggling regions in both rural and urban areas, especially in Colorado. The dual focus on rural and urban areas leverages the neglected symmetries and synergies between traditionally disparate geographies highlighted by more than two decades of REDI scholar research. These overlaps may be the key to unlocking untapped potential for economically-marginalized populations in both the city and countryside, such as past work identifying food deserts in inner-city Denver to uncovering new links between San Luis Valley agriculture and the urban brewing industries.

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Engaged scholarship and applied research publications such as REDI reports and data dashboards

Technical assistance, facilitation, and educational outreach such as webinars, media interviews, telling your story with data and undergraduate and graduate student  mentorship

Communication and connections with diverse partners and stakeholders which reflect the CSU principles of community.

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