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Local Economy Center

Thank you for visiting the website of the Franklin & Marshall Local Economy Center.

We are very pleased to announce the release of the latest edition of the Lancaster Economy Report! In it you will find a comprehensive set of economic data and analysis of current trends in the economy of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Mission Statement


The Franklin & Marshall Local Economy Center (LEC) serves the research needs of the Lancaster community and the curricular needs of Franklin & Marshall students.  It provides learning opportunities for students interested in studying local economies and supports the economic development work of the community.  It is the mission of the Center to offer students opportunities for primary research on the Lancaster economy and to enable the community's diverse constituencies to work together toward effective, inclusive, and sustainable economic-development strategies. 

Through its activities and publications, the center:

  • Promotes community awareness of economic development matters;

  • Enlists students and faculty to meet the research needs of the community's economic development constituencies; and

  • Brings the best available thinking and practices to the attention of the community.