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Research, Research, and Yes, Research

These past few weeks have been consumed with research, research, and more research.

Effective economic development relies on data. The quantitative facts help tell a community's story. Just the facts, no opinions.

In my years of research, I have come to find these three sources as the MOST reliable for finding community data. Fortunately, all three are free!

If you ever find yourself in need of data to run reports, for marketing purposes, or to find trends, I highly recommend the following three. They are ranked for wealth of information, not user-friendliness.

  1. Census.gov- The most reliable and most thorough source out there, period.
  2. Bls.gov- Bureau of Labor Statistics, also very reliable and daily updated.
  3. City or Local Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)- City or County CAFR's are often overlooked gems of historical economic, financial, and demographic data.
There are many others too such as your state's Department of Revenue and your state's Department of Transportation.

I hope you find these sources helpful. Most research is not easy nor is it the funnest activity, but it always proves worth it.

HAPPY RESEARCHING!!!


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