The Center for Research and Economic Development is an integral part of revitalizing downtown Waynesburg. Many of the Center's revitalization projects are facilitated in partnership with Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful. The CRED has initiated the following actions in order to grow Waynesburg's economy:
March 9, 2012 the Center for Research & Economic Development was the location of the 10th Downtown Dialogue offered through the Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful Economic Restructuring Committee. Liz Menhart from the Greene County Tourism presented on the tourism grant program.
August 13, 2010 the Center for Research & Economic Development hosted, in conjunction with Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful Economic Restructuring Committee, a Visual Merchandising Presentation by Rick Viglione, Western Region Coordinator from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.
Destination Downtown Scavenger Hunt
The CRED collaborated with Waynesburg University Student Services to create the fourth annual Destination Downtown Scavenger Hunt to welcome and familiarize students with the downtown area.
Service Learning Projects
Five service learning students helped revitalize Waynesburg through their artistic abilities. Art students Amanda Tustin, Crystal Simmons, Paul Veltri, and Ed Hedderman have painted the town to encourage economic growth. These projects included painting a bakery on a vacant window, and an artistic representation of the town.
The Downtown Lowdown
The Downtown Lowdown is a newsletter provided by the Center for Research and Economic Development intended to inform students, faculty and staff about community events, local businesses and connections to the Waynesburg community. Featured articles inform the WU community on discounts, specific businesses and events. The publication is released two times a semester. Become a fan of the Downtown Lowdown's Facebook Page to get frequent updates on community happenings.