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Barbara Blake Elected to the Board of the Council for Community and Economic Research « News @ ODU

By David Simpson

A trustee from Old Dominion University has been elected to the board of the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).

Barbara Blake, executive director of the Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy at ODU, began her term on July 1 and will remain so until June 30, 2025. The C2ER publishes the quarterly Cost of Living Index (COLI) , referenced in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistical Summary of the United States, and promotes excellence and leadership in community, economic, and workforce research.

“I’m so excited to be part of this crucial economic index that contributes to the US Statistical Abstract,” Blake said.

The cost of living index compares the price of goods and services between cities in the United States.

Earlier this year, Blake was chosen to serve on the Research Administrators Certification Council’s Certified Research Administrator Elements Review Board. The two-year appointment began March 1.

Blake holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from High Point University; an MA in International Studies from the University of Leeds, Leeds, England; and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University. His research interests include the economics of social issues, such as the economic impact of the opioid epidemic in Virginia.

At ODU, she received the 2018 Administrator of the Year award from the Strome College of Business.

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