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The King Institute for Regional Economic Studies (KIRES) was established in 2012 to expand the imgscope of the King University Regional Economic Studies (KCRES) team. A small KCRES team was formed in 2010 within King’s School of Business to provide analysis of economic problems and opportunities confronting the region served by King University. Four reports were published under the KCRES banner from December 2010 through May 2012. Those reports are listed below.

The KIRES has broadened the original mission of the KCRES team to a threefold mission: to build a knowledge base of the regional economy, to inform public and private decision-making and to provide an opportunity for King students to participate in research projects.  

The co-directors of KIRES are Dr. Sam Evans (, associate professor of finance and economics, and Dr. Randall Blevins (, professor of marketing. 


The Institute plans to publish two full reports per year, in the spring and fall semesters. Occasional reports, primarily student research, will be published as the research is completed.

The following reports are now available:

Replacing Coal Mining Jobs:Marginal Economic Impacts of Selected Industries in Southwest Virginia, February 2015

Evaluating the Job Creation Potential of Large Scale Retail Development in the Tri-Cities, April 2014

A Methodology to Rank Industries According to their Marginal Economic Impact: Case Studies for the First Congressional District of Tennessee and the Knoxville Metro Area, January 2014

The Role of Health Care in the Knoxville Area Economy: Trends and Economic Impacts, September 2013

Analysis of the Economy of the First Congressional District of Tennessee with Emphasis on the Manufacturing Sector, May 2013

Economic Impacts of Job Losses in the Coal Mining Industry, February 2013

Banking Practices and Needs of the Low Income Population of Southwest, Virgina, January 2013.

The Role of Health Care in the Tri-Cities Economy: Trends, Projections and Economic Impacts, November, 2012.

Economic Impact Multipliers for the Coalfield Region of Southwestern Virginia, May, 2012.

Local Labor Markets: Job Loss During the 2007-09 Recession and Links to the National Economy, August, 2011.

Gasoline Price Forecast Model, April, 2011.

Economic Impact Multipliers for the Mountain Empire Region , December, 2010.