Economic and Regional Development

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The university established the office of Economic and Regional Development (OERD) in 1986 as a means to improve the quality of life and economic climate in southern Illinois. Located in a building south of campus at the intersection of Route 51 and Pleasant Hill Road, OERD administers the Business Incubator, a facility offering rentable space for offices, light manufacturing, and wet/dry labs as well as support services for new or expanding businesses. In addition to the Business Incubator, OERD operates the Center for Rural Health and Social Services, and Manufacturing Extension Services.