Economic Development Resources

The following links provide access to a group of useful economic development resources available via the internet.  We hope you find them helpful.

Council on Competitiveness: The Council is a leading think tank on competitiveness and regional economic development. The Council’s Regional Innovation Initiative offers comprehensive reports on innovation-based economic and workforce development as well as a variety of tools useful to development practitioners. The Council offers valuable data for national comparisons on competitiveness and innovation.

Economic Development Administration: U.S. Department of Commerce agency that promotes economic development throughout the country. EDA maintains a useful library of resource guides and links it calls “tools of the trade.” The site is also a good place to find other federal agencies and organizations that impact economic development issues. is a very good starting point to locate economic data on the Internet. Their “ten most useful” sites for economic data are, in fact, very useful.

National Governor’s Association, Center for Best Practices: The NGA is a DC based organization that supports the 50 state governors by lobbying on federal policy issues and developing state policy solutions. Their Center for Best Practices includes a significant focus on technology and economic development issues and has many helpful reports and issue briefs.

State Science and Technology Institute: The SSTI is a non-profit organization that promotes technology-based economic development strategies. They have a very comprehensive list of web resources and also a bookstore for tech-based economic development periodicals. SSTI’s weekly newsletter is free and highly informative.