The County Economic Research Institute, Inc., better known as CERI, was established in 1986 as a department of Johnson County government and subsequently privatized in 1994 as a non-profit corporation.

Its mission is to support the economic development of Johnson County, the Kansas City metropolitan area, and the state of Kansas through the provision of data and technical assistance. In CERI's early years, this was accomplished primarily through the provision of services to local economic development entities. Though these agencies remain indispensable partners, the majority of CERI's products and services are now provided directly to the local business community.

The products and services detailed in this brochure are intended to help local firms plan for new locations or expansions, compare their compensation and benefit packages for competitiveness, and operate more efficiently in general. They have proven essential to improving local business competitiveness - the key to job retention and expansion.