Basic Economic Security Tables™Index (BEST)

The Basic Economic Security Tables™ Index (BEST), developed by Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), reports that in 2010, a family of four consisting of two working adults, a preschooler and a school age child required $67,920 to provide for basic needs and aquire the assets needed for economic security.  According to the U.S. Department of […]

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Kids Count DATA CENTER

The Kids Count DATA CENTER is the place to start if you are looking data on child well-being.  Developed by the Ann E. Casey Foundation, this site provides easy access to data on the demographics, economic well-being, family structure, health and safety of children.  Data can be obtained  at the state, county, community, school district […]

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STATS America

STATS America is an easy to use resource for a wide variety of data from many different sources (i.e. U.S. Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics). Data profiles on population, housing, income and labor are easily accessible at the state, county, and metro levels. Not only does STATS America compile data from many public and […]

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Community Economic Development Preparedness Index (CEDPI)

The Community Economic Development Preparedness Index (CEDPI) is a comprehensive tool to help communities analyze their readiness for economic development.  The program enables communities to identify and assess their strengths and weaknesses before developing a plan or taking action to improve economic development opportunities in the community. The index is based on individual perceptions of activities and conditions in the […]

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First Impressions: A Community Assessment and Improvement Program

First Impressions is a community assessment and improvement program developed by Andy Lewis and James Schneider.  This simple, yet extremely effective tool helps people identify and assess their community’s strengths and weakness.  Initially developed in 1991, First Impressions has been used in 100s of communities in the U.S. and Canada.  This successful program matches “sister communities” and […]

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