The Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development facilitates meaningful collaborations to address state and regional challenges, promote growth, manage change, and build stronger communities. Its mission is to create partnerships on and off campus to foster engagement and build networks of thought leaders and decision-makers in education, government, arts and culture, non-profit management, and other sectors essential to building a thriving region.

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Recent Submissions

  • Policy Profiles Vol. 9 No. 2 March 2010 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Holloway, Adrienne M. (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2010-03)
    Affordable Housing in the Chicago Area: Site Selection by Families with Rental Vouchers
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 20 No. 3 June 2020 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2020-06)
    Financing Local Public Services: Pending Issues
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 20 No. 2 June 2020 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy; Evans, Mim (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2020-06)
    Managing Demographic Change: Working with Growth in Elderly Populations
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 20 No. 1 June 2020 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Langloss, Danny; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2020-06)
    Dixon, Illinois: A Northern Illinois Community Aggressively Preparing for a Rapidly Changing Economic and Cultural Environment
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 19 No. 2 October 2019 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy; Martin, Rachel (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2019-10)
    Illinois’ Rural Communities: Ways to Improve Their Future Prospects
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 19 No. 1 February 2019 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Kull, Gary; Fernandes, Mirna Maria (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2019-02)
    Smart Tip: A Strategy for Rural Communities to Reverse Population Losses and Increase Tax Revenues
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 18 No. 1 June 2018 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Harger, Brian (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2018-06)
    The Future of Rural Illinois: Predicaments and Possible Solutions
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 17 No. 1 June 2017 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Harger, Brian; Robinson, Diana (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2017-06)
    Unemployment, Labor Force Participation and The Illinois Work Force
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 6 No. 3 September 2016 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Sohl, Shannon N. (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2016-09)
    The Big Unknown: How Much Money Do Illinois' Local Governments Spend Annually?
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 16 No. 2 July 2016 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Chockalingam, Sri (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2016-07)
    Modernizing Illinois Governments and Improving Their Efficiency
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 16 No. 1 March 2016 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Sandoval, Jessica (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2016-03)
    Restoring Economic Vitality To Rural American Communities
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 15 No. 3 October 2015 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Blanke, Andy; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2015-10)
    Workforce Turnover and Replacement In Downstate Illinois
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 15 No. 2 June 2015 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Inman, Patricia (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2015-06)
    Locally Produced Food: A Way To Grow More Food And The Economy
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 15 No. 1 February 2015 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Sohl, Shannon N. (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2015-02)
    Big Changes Around the Corner for Public Sector Financial Reporting: How Illinois Can Prepare and Take A Leadership Role
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 13 No. 3 December 2014 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Evans, Mim; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2014-12)
    The Back to the Cities Movement: Will It Help Illinois’ Smaller Cities?
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 13 No. 2 October 2014 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2014-10)
    Illinois in the Post-Recession Recovery: A Fresh Look at the State’s Progress
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 13 No. 1 May 2014 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Sohl, Shannon N.; Banovetz, James M. (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2014-05)
    Too Many Governments in Illinois? What is the Impact on Townships?
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 12 No. 2 August 2013 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Blanke, Andy; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2013-08)
    Workforce Status in Downstate Illinois
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 12 No. 1 February 2013 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy; Harger, Brian (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2013-02)
    Employment Changes in Downstate Illinois and Business Climate Perceptions
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 11 No. 4 December 2012 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2012-12)
    Promoting Entrepreneurship in Rural Illinois

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