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WEDI Update: July 2016

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WEDI Update

Economic Development News and Views: July 2016

Information you can use:

On-Line Self-Paced Community Economic Development Course. Now available, a professional development series from UW Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics Steve Deller. 

Analyzing Your Mobile Website Analytics. Where are your visitors coming from? On average, a quarter of website visitors are using a mobile device, and over 65% of all e-mails get initially opened on a mobile device. 

Is Instagram part of your social media strategy? With 150 million active global users, it is nearly impossible for nonprofits to ignore Instagram when developing online outreach and social media strategies. It’s currently the fastest growing social network, according to Pew Internet.

America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots. A new workforce study shows the majority of jobs created during the recovery have gone to college-educated workers.


Economic Development News:

Entrepreneurship Facts: New Research Data on Job Creation and Destruction by Firm Age and Size. In the year ending March 2015, startup firms—firms less than one year old—created 1.7 million jobs or 60 percent of total employment growth. More than half these jobs were from firms with fewer than 10 employees. 

A Major Social Expenditures Shift.  In March 2015 for the first time in history, U.S. citizens spent more money at restaurants and bars than at grocery stores. 


Economic Opportunity:

Labor Market Dynamics and Online Job Ads. There is increasing use of the detailed breakdown of online job ads to study labor market dynamics. However, online job ads are biased toward industries and occupations that seek high-skilled, white-collar workers.

“The Next Generation of Live, Work, Play”  How can rural America outcompete big cities for top talent? Be cool and be unique.

Do you have any major data, policy information how-to-do needs?  If you do, please contact WEDI, maybe we can help.

Visit for your current economic development marketing data needs. 

The Fourteen State Business Cost Comparison, Fact Sheets and Small Business Development Tool Kit” have been updated to 2016.

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