Data Deep Dive Webinar Series Recordings

Posted on: February 20th, 2020 by Brett Schwartz

To reach its full potential, a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/ceds) should be grounded in accurate and accessible data that facilitates a region-wide conversation about economic development.  Without a solid understanding of key metrics, trends, demographics, and more, a region is at a major disadvantage in planning for the future.  Fortunately for organizations tasked with writing a CEDS, there are a variety of trusted data sources and tools available – many of them free of charge.

The NADO Research Foundation’s Data Deep Dive webinar series is featuring three organizations and their data tools and maps that can be easily accessed to collect, interpret, and share data to better prepare your CEDS and other regional plans.  Each webinar featured a live demonstration of the tools and Q & A:

Headwaters Economics (https://headwaterseconomics NULL.org/) | Economic Profile System (https://headwaterseconomics NULL.org/tools/economic-profile-system/)

Use the Economic Profile System (EPS) to download socioeconomic reports of communities, counties, and states, including aggregations and comparisons.  EPS uses federal data sources from the Bureaus of Economic Analysis, Census, & others.  Reports are downloadable in Excel and PDF formats and the database is updated continuously with the latest information available.


Center on Rural Innovation (https://ruralinnovation NULL.us/) | Rural Opportunity Map (https://ruralopportunitymap NULL.us/)

The Rural Opportunity Map, created by the Center on Rural Innovation, was born out of the need for a new framework to understand opportunities in small town America in the 21st century – a framework that takes into account the way industry and employment are changing and the demographic trends that have defined small towns for years. The Rural Opportunity Map has a range of uses, from allowing local leaders to identify and learn from peer communities, to surfacing emerging and established rural technology ecosystems, to providing information to Opportunity Zone investors.

Indiana Business Research Center (https://ibrc NULL.kelley NULL.iu NULL.edu/) | StatsAmerica (http://www NULL.statsamerica NULL.org/)

Since 2008, the goal of StatsAmerica has been to provide actionable data for economic developers and planners to use in site requests, developing metrics, grant writing, and strategic planning.  Data items from hundreds of data sets including dozens of federal and state sources along with some commercial or private source data are featured in a variety of tools in the form of maps, graphs, comparisons of time or geography, time series, and more.

This webinar series is presented as part of the NADO Research Foundation’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions (http://www NULL.cedscentral NULL.com/) program, funded through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/).  Please contact Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado NULL.org) with any questions or for more information.

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