The RRI welcomes Dr. Peter Butler as its newest Faculty Research Associate.

RRI Faculty Research Associates (FRAs) are members of the West Virginia University research community with special interests in regional research. They benefit from their affiliation in several ways. First, they become part of a vibrant network of like-minded scholars who—by participating in both scholarly and social activities—have enhanced opportunities to explore synergies and build relationships that can lead to long lasting collaborations and friendships. Numerous projects and publications have grown from intellectual seeds sown at RRI sponsored events. Second, RRI FRAs benefit professionally from a formal affiliation with an internationally recognized institution specializing in regional development research. And third, they receive notice of RRI sponsored seminars and related events, information request, and news relevant to regional researchers, including notice of external funding opportunities.