The RRI was founded in 1965. Professor William H. Miernyk, a regional economist trained at Harvard, came to West Virginia University as founding director. His pioneering research on input-output modeling rapidly brought the Institute international prominence in regional economics and the new multidisciplinary field of regional science.

Our research focuses on theories and history of regional development, methods for studying regions, and policies for stimulating their development. RRI provides the following opportunities:

  • Research support
  • Working papers
  • Graduate student research
  • Seminars, workshops
  • Post-doctoral research fellow
  • Web Book of Regional Science
  • Visiting scholars
  • Cross-disciplinary stimulation
  • Team-oriented research

Regional Research Institute Timeline from 1965-2010

The Regional Research Institute has a rich history, and Mary Lou Myer, Administrative Assistant, spent more than two decades with the Institute patiently and graciously sheparding in numerous directors, researchers, graduate assistants, and staff. Before she retired in 2010, she compiled historical information about the Institute and its growth. Director Randall Jackson says of Mary Lou, “Through thick and thin and from Director to Director, Mary Lou was the glue that held the Institute together. Words cannot come close to expressing what she has meant to us. She is missed!” To read this historical document, please Click here.