Economic Data Sources

  • US Census Bureau web site at accesses the full range of Census Bureau data series, including the Decennial Census of Population and Housing and the Economic Census 
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics web site at provides key economic data, including local area unemployment statistics and state and metro area employment estimates by industry and the Consumer Price Index 
  • ( is a comprehensive listing of economic data sources with links to 125 federal, state, and private web sites that provide economic data.
  • Fedstats ( provides links to 70 federal government organizations that provide economic and other data.
  • Massachusetts Department of Employment and Training ( provides employment data for the state, counties, cities and towns, including local unemployment rates and employment by industry. Includes links to federal employment data series.
  • Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development provides detailed profiles on the state's 351 cities and towns culled from multiple data sources. (
  • Regional Economic Information System ( provides extensive population, employment and income data for counties, states and metropolitan areas in a user-friendly format that lets you customize data retrieval.

Economic Development Trade Associations

  • American Economic Development Council ( is the nation's oldest professional economic development association offering publications, conferences, networking opportunities and a professional certification program.
  • American Planning Association ( is the national association for planning professionals. APA publishes a monthly magazine and quarterly journal, has an extensive publications catalogue and an Advisory Service that produces technical reports on planning issues. The APA's Economic Development Division serves an information sharing and networking role for economic development planners.
  • Association for Enterprise Opportunity ( is the national trade association for organizations and practitioners committed to microenterprise development. AEO publishes a newsletter on microenterprise development, holds an annual conference, and serves as a forum, information exchange, and voice to promote enterprise opportunity for low-income people and communities.
  • Council of Development Finance Agencies ( is a national association of 165 public and private organizations working to strengthen state and local efforts to finance job creation and economic growth. CDFA provides a forum and information exchange on issues of concern to economic development finance professionals, publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and holds an annual training conference.
  • Council on Urban Economic Development ( is an international trade association of economic development professionals. CUED publishes three regular newsletters and a quarterly journal, holds frequent technical conferences, sponsors training courses and a professional certification program, has an extensive publications catalogue, and provides peer-based technical assistance services. 
  • International City Managers Association ( is the trade association for professional city managers. It has produced several publications and a training series on economic developments.
  • National Community Capital ( is a national trade association of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). NCC produces technical publications on community development lending, sponsors training conferences, and is a capital source for member CDFIs.
  • National Congress for Community Economic Development ( is the national association of community development corporations. NCCED's services include publications, training conferences, program funding, and advocacy.
  • National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions ( is the national trade associations for over 200 community development credit unions. It provides training, technical assistance, advocacy, publications and support for community development credit unions.
  • Northeast Economic Developers Association ( is the regional association of economic development professionals from Maryland to Maine. NEDA publishes a regular newsletter and member directory and sponsors regular training sessions and an annual conference.
  • Urban Land Institute ( is an association of real estate professionals. ULI publishes a monthly magazine, holds regular conferences, undertakes research, publishes excellent books and reports, and provides a peer-based technical assistance service.

Research Centers

  • Aspen Institute ( is an international nonprofit educational institution dedicated to enhancing the quality of leadership through informed dialogue. It conducts and funds research and convenes dialogue across diverse viewpoints and backgrounds on issues related to critical challenges facing societies, organizations, and individuals. Its research and publications covers many issues including rural economic development, economic opportunity and microenterprise development.
  • Rockefeller Institute of Government ( is a national research center on urban and public policy issues associated with the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Public Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. The Institute conducts research and publishes reports, books and a regular Bulletin on state and local government finance, urban and metropolitan affairs, American federalism, public higher education and politics.
  • Russell Sage Foundation ( is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to social science research. It funds scholarly research and publishes numerous books and working papers on issues that include the future or work, immigration, and analysis of the 2000 Census.
  • Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research ( is Rutgers University's research center on urban public policies issues, including community development and economic development. It publishers books, research reports and a newsletter on multiple issues including economic development, housing and land use policy.
  • Urban Institute ( is a leading center of research on issues and challenges facing the nation and its cities. It conducts research and publishes books and reports on a wide range of urban and public policy issues.
  • Woodstock Institute ( a Chicago-based policy, research and technical assistance organization specializing in community development lending and economic development. Their publication list is particularly strong in economic development finance and the Community Reinvestment Act.


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