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Ernie Goss, Principal Investigator

Ernest Goss is the Jack MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics at Creighton University and served as the initial director for Creighton’s Institute for Economic Inquiry. He is also principal of the Goss Institute in Denver, Colo. Goss received his Ph.D. in economics from The University of Tennessee in 1983 and is a former faculty research fellow at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He was a visiting scholar with the Congressional Budget Office for 2003-2004, and has testified before the U.S. Congress, the Kansas Legislature, and the Nebraska Legislature. In the fall of 2005, the Nebraska Attorney General appointed Goss to head a task force examining gasoline pricing in the state.


He has published more than 100 research studies focusing primarily on economic forecasting and on the statistical analysis of business and economic data. His book Changing Attitudes Toward Economic Reform During the Yeltsin Era was published by Praeger Press in 2003, and his book Governing Fortune: Casino Gambling in America was published by the University of Michigan Press in March 2007.


He is editor of Economic Trends, an economics newsletter published monthly with more than 10,000 subscribers, produces a monthly business conditions index for the nine-state Mid-American region, and conducts a survey of bank CEOs in 10 U.S. states. Survey and index results are cited each month in approximately 100 newspapers; citations have included the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun Times, and other national and regional newspapers and magazines. Each month 75- 100 radio stations carry his Regional Economic Report.


Scott Strain, Senior Economist

Scott Strain has worked as an economist and statistician for more than 20 years providing forecasts and analysis across a wide-range of industries. Scott served as an industry economist, working in new product development regarding both quantitative and qualitative research.Scott was Senior Director of Research for an economic development agency, providing economic impact
and tax incentive analysis to both private businesses and government entities. He served on the business advisory committee that worked with Nebraska state senators and the director of the state’s Economic Development Department to develop the Nebraska Advantage Act – a comprehensive package of business incentives that has helped to add more than $6 billion in new capital investment and over 13,000 new jobs in the state of Nebraska since the Act’s inception in  2006.




Christopher Vincentini, Research Associate

Christopher Vincentini has been employed as a professional market researcher for more than 18 years. He has authored approximately 100 surveys using various methodologies, moderated focus groups and performed ethnographic in-depth interviews. Vincentini has worked with the American Education Institute and performed marketing and new product research and development for Data Transmission Network (DTN). He has a Masters degree from the University of Iowa-Fort Dodge.


Jackie Kendrick, Research Associate

Jackie Kendrick has more than twenty years of experience in economic research, business, marketing, IT and accounting. She provides strategic services and business analysis for business, healthcare and state and municipal governments. In addition to economic impact studies, projects have involved requirements analysis for a municipal utility district, city/county document management planning, digital marketing strategies for numerous hospital systems, and planning for a number of state-run health information exchanges.









Economic Trends Newsletter

Providing regional and national insights to the economy for nine midwestern states, and Rural Mainstreet.

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Mainstreet Economic Report - June 2024
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Mainstreet Economic Report - May 2024
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Business Conditions Index Report

MidAmerica January 2022 Supply Managers
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