Cluster Analysis: A New Tool for Understanding the Role of the Inner City in a Regional Economy

  • Rob Melnick Arizona State University
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, Regional Economy, Economic Revitalization


Research in two inner city areas of Phoenix and surrounding suburbs documents the importance of analyzing a metropolitan areas economy from the perspective of industry clusters before determining economic development policies and strategies for urban revitalization. In addition, the project reveals lessons about the role of universities in urban economic revitalization.