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Serving the Public Interest Since 1915

CGR Mission
We inform & empower leaders driving public policy action or organizational change.

CGR provides objective research, fact-based analysis, practical counsel, and implementation support.

George Eastman, the visionary leader who created Eastman Kodak, founded a bureau of municipal research in Rochester NY in 1915 “to get things done for the community” and to serve as an “independent, non-partisan agency for keeping citizens informed.” Over more than 9 decades CGR has grown from a bureau focused on the needs of one city into an organization with far broader reach.

Today CGR works to bring clarity to issues that affect the quality of life in communities throughout the Northeast. We work with government, nonprofit and business leaders who drive public policy action and organizational change. We inform and empower leaders by providing fact-based, objective research and analysis and by making recommendations that are achievable. Our clients value the quality of our work, our pragmatic approach and our commitment to remaining independent and non-partisan.

CGR is a nonprofit organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We bring expertise to issues spanning economics and, public finance, government management, health and human services and education. In addition we are skilled at program evaluation, strategic planning & facilitation and census data interpretation.

CGR also offers the following on-demand decision support products:

  • Govistics, a web-based tool for quickly finding public finance data on 54,000 communities nationwide.
  • Community Profiles, web-based, customized sites that let you assess community needs and target solutions.
  • informANALYTICS , a web-based tool delivering quick and accurate cost-benefit analysis for economic development projects.

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