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George Goldman Award for Excellence in Regional Economic Development


George Goldman (1935-2018) was an early founder of what is now the Community and Regional Economics Network. He made several contributions to the field of applied regional economic analyses and was especially influential in guiding the interpretation and use of input-output studies and multipliers.


This section award will honor an outstanding application of regional economic analysis including but not limited to: input-output studies, fiscal impact studies, and other applied quantitative analyses. Award nominations should emphasize both the research and outreach/extension innovations associated with the project.

Award Rules and Selection Process:

  1. Interested individuals will submit a journal article, Extension publication, report, or program that was published in the previous three years accompanied by a one page letter describing the impact of the project by email to the CRENET Chair ( no later than April 15, 2020.
  2. CRENET’s leadership team will solicit volunteers and establish a panel of 3 reviewers, AAEA’s conflict of interest policies will be used when establishing the panel. Current CRENET officers are ineligible, while previous CRENET officers are eligible. 
  3. Recipients may win the award more than once but not in consecutive years.
  4. Both students and faculty are encouraged to apply.
  5. Applicants should be signed up for CRENET's mailing list and be a CRENET member through AAEA. 
  6. Selection committee members will choose awardees (one winner and one honorable mention). However, they may choose not to give the award based on the applicant pool.
  7. Submissions can be self-nominated or nominated by someone external to the project.


A printed certificate or plaque will be awarded by CRENET during the AAEA Annual Meetings in Kansas City, MO. The winner does not need to be present.

A cash award may be included pending available funds. Interested individuals can donate to the award by sending a check to the AAEA business office, with the name of the award in the subject line. The business office’s address is:

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
555 E. Wells St., Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Previous Award Winners

In 2019:

  • Winner: Alison Bauman and Dawn Thilmany McFadden of Colorado State University (Exploring Localized Economic Dynamics: Methods-Driven Case Studies of Transformation and Growth in Agricultural and Food Markets)
  • Honorable Mention: Anil Rupasingha, John Pender, and Seth Wiggins of USDA’s Economic Research Service (USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant Program and Its Effect on Business Survival and Growth)