*The EPI is an EDA-Supported University Center.
Economic Policy Institute
By collecting primary data and performing quantitative research, the Economic Policy Institute (which is located within The W. A. Franke College of Business) encourages Arizona tourism and economic development for tribal and rural communities. In addition, the Institute promotes lifelong learning via the largest Road Scholar provider in the United States.
Our outreach efforts bring financial literacy to our youth and to our state’s developing entrepreneurs. Our events strengthen these efforts as well as provide networking opportunities for business communities. The Economic Policy Institute team makes this all happen.
By the numbers
32years of service
28+years of data
About the Economic Policy Institute
The inception of the Economic Policy Institute can be traced back to 1999. The Institute serves over 10,000 individuals annually throughout Arizona. Our professional expertise is delivered by our strong, collaborative team.
The Economic Policy Institute assists Arizona’s rural, tribal, and northern business communities in their economic development endeavors by delivering training, information, technical assistance, and business support services.
Two entities that came under the umbrella of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) have roots going back decades. The Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) in 1985 and the Arizona Hospitality Research and Resource Center (AHRRC) in 1989.
The NAU Road Scholar program (formerly Elderhostel) was established in 1983.