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About Merissa Piazza

Merissa C. Piazza is a Program Manager at the Center and specializes in economic development, entrepreneurship, workforce development, metrics and indicators, and survey research.  Merissa is an economist with vast experience conducting academic and applied research studies and her research portfolio includes projects on entrepreneurship, investigating high-growth firms, analysis of the adoption of technologies in industries, navigating industry workforce development issues, and overall industry analysis.  
Merissa is experienced working with datasets of all types to create measures, metrics, and indicators.  She is skilled at combining datasets, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of data, as well as getting the most out of data with limited resources.  Merissa has worked on several dashboard and indicator projects for the Center and is very knowledgeable about data and data sources.  Beyond her data work, she concentrates in all aspects of survey methodology and research.  She is adept at questionnaire design, survey methodology, survey implementation, survey management, and survey analysis.  She is proficient in Survey Methodology, having studied at the University of Maryland’s Joint Program in Survey Methodology takings courses in survey questionnaire design, survey measurement, and survey sampling. 
In addition to working for the center, Ms. Piazza is a doctoral candidate in Urban Studies and Public Policy with a focus on entrepreneurship and public policy.  Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the Business Employment Dynamics program and its longitudinal database with over 350 million records.
Areas of Expertise:
  • Economic Development
  • Regional Economic Analysis
  • Survey Research: Questionnaire Design, Methodology, Implementation, Management, and Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
  • Workforce Development


Present Program Manager, Center for Economic Development, Cleveland State University

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