Vice President for Engagement, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics; Purdue University
Roberto Gallardo is Vice President for Engagement and an Agricultural Economics associate professor at Purdue University. He has authored more than 100 articles and reports including peer-reviewed and news-related regarding trends, socioeconomic analysis, industrial clusters, the digital divide, and leveraging broadband applications for community economic development. He assisted the state of Indiana implement their broadband programs acting as their Next Level Broadband Connections Director for six months and is now spearheading Indiana’s first digital equity plan. Dr. Gallardo is also working with his team to evaluate the impact of the Economic Development Administration $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge program and will partner with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute to evaluate the impact of Indiana’s Economic Development Corporation regional economic acceleration and development $500 million program (READI). He is the author of the book “Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age & Rural Communities”, which highlights a 21st century community development model that helps rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age.
Areas of Expertise
- Community planning/facilitation
- Economic development
- Regional development