This Census data tool is a collection of the most relevant Census data for assessing and tracking your manufacturing community. The data are available by county for six major business ecosystem assessment areas, and draw from multiple surveys and datasets into a single table for each assessment area. You can request information for any number of counties in your region and easily download the data into excel for further analysis.
The data tool and links help communities and businesses characterize their local manufacturing sectors, including the supply chains, which currently exist in the local economy.
The data tool and links help communities and businesses characterize their local workforce assets, including wages and skills, which can be used to better understand human resource challenges, such as training needs.
The data tool and links help communities and businesses assess research assets and their capacity to innovate. which can be used to better understand human resource challenges, such as training needs.
The data tool and links help communities and businesses characterize regional physical infrastructure and logistical services that can support manufacturing.
The data tool and links help communities and businesses characterize regional trade and investment flows to identify potential markets.
The data tool and links help communities and businesses characterize business operational costs and local capital to improve business efficiency and investment opportunities.
These business ecosystem assessment areas are considered assets upon which many firms find fundamental in creating regional advantage for industry and for developing a self-sustaining ecosystem that attracts private investment from new and existing manufacturers and leads to broad-based prosperity.
NOTE: : Census developed this regional data tool as a resource for Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) applicants and designees. While the tool was developed for the IMCP effort, the data available on this website are not required, and should not be the sole source of regional information, when applying for the IMCP designation/federal funding opportunity. This regional data tool is meant to be broadly applicable to communities and businesses that would like to assess their regional economies and assets, especially as it relates to their key technology/manufacturing sectors and business ecosystems. These data also can be used to help communities compare their regional economies and assets with those in other communities, against whom you may be compared by businesses seeking to locate their facilities. Businesses today are relying more and more on regional data when making these types of decisions. We trust that the data provided through this tool together with data available through other federal data bases, noted here and in the IMCP Playbook, will help you design an effective growth strategy. The Playbook identifies existing Federal planning grant and technical assistance resources and catalogues economic development best practices.