The Center’s activities have been funded by external grants and contracts from a number of funding sources including the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration; the Ohio Public Works Commission; and the Ohio Township Association. The Center’s primary efforts are directed towards student-centered research and assistance to small/non-metropolitan cities, villages, townships, and counties. Center projects are initiated upon request from local governments or by Center staff as an ongoing program for various local governments in the region and statewide. The Center operates with the director, professional staff, and also draws upon Miami University faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students in public administration, policy analysis, political science, environmental sciences, and geography.
Miami University maintains a solid commitment to public service. The activities initiated by the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs stand as a centerpiece of Miami University’s public service mission. Numerous local governments (cities, villages, townships, and counties) and non-profit organizations across Ohio have benefited from direct applied research projects. For example, the Center conducted a citizen attitudes and public opinion survey for Hanover Township in Butler County, and the Center assisted with the development of the Scioto Foundation's University/College Access Network (UCAN). In addition, the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs had been designated as a University Center by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.