Economic Development Data & Resources

Industry Clusters

April 12, 2013

Measuring the Regional Economy

One of the most common measure of economic activity for a region is the gross regional product (GRP). The GRP is the market value of all final goods and services produced over a given period of time and is conceptually equivalent to the national measure of economic growth, the gross domestic product (GDP).  In 2012, […]

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August 1, 2012

Downtown Chicago Attracts New Businesses

There’s been a run of good news for Chicago recently which, apart from giving Mayor Rahm Emanuel some happy headlines, tell us something about the nature of global cities, about the shape of this new economy, and about who wins and who loses. Richard C. Longworth on his blog, The Midwesterner, posted about the recent good news […]

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September 16, 2011

Clean Energy Pre-Assessment Project

Here is a map showing the location of companies visited as a part of our Renewable Energy/Clean Technology Supply Chain Pre-Assessment Project. For an interactive version please visit:

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July 18, 2011

Connections: The New Holy Grail for Growth

Industry Clusters: The Modern-Day Snake Oil is another great post by Vivek Wadhwa in The Washington Post about how targeting industrial clusters is not the best approach for every region. This holds very true for smaller rural regions that lack the critical mass and hence either follow the approach with no end results or miss on many […]

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May 25, 2011

Industry & Innovation Networking Report

Beginning in 2007 as a component of the Technology Development Institute’s (TDI) United States Economic Development Administration (US EDA) University Center program, TDI collaborated with North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC) to pilot a regional industry cluster analysis. The geographic area for the project includes 19 counties in north central Kansas.  For more information about […]

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