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A variety of web links and a brief description of each source are given below. The major categories are:
 

DATA SOURCES

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
URL: http://www.census.gov
Description: Probably best known for compiling population data every ten years during the decennial Census. They do, however, collect data and information on many other categories. A few of the major categories are briefly outlined below.

Category: Population
URL: http://eire.census.gov/popest/estimates.php
Description: Annual population estimates. Includes characteristics such as sex, race, & age for all areas across the U.S.

Category: American Community Survey
URL: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/index.htm
Description: Detailed data on the following characteristics: demographic, social, economic, & housing.

Category: Economic Census
URL: http://www.census.gov/econ/census02/index.html
Description: Very detailed data on business and industries, every five years.

Category: Building Permits
URL: http://www.census.gov/const/www/permitsindex.html
Description: Number and value of building permits.

Category: County Business Patterns
URL: http://www.census.gov/epcd/cbp/view/cbpview.html
Description: Detailed annual data by industry. Covers much of the nation's economic activity. Info on number and sizes of firms.  

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis (in the U.S. Department of Commerce)
URL: http://www.bea.gov
Description: Provides detailed income and employment data for the nation, states, metropolitan areas, and counties. They also compile data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and international trade. A few of the BEA's major categories are briefly outlined below.

Category: State and Local Personal Income
URL: http://www.bea.gov/bea/regional/statelocal.htm
Description: Data on personal income and components.

Category: Gross Domestic Product & National Income
URL: http://www.bea.gov/bea/dn1.htm
Description: Data on GDP or the final value of goods & services produced in the U.S. in one year. Other categories of income are available.

Category: Gross State Product
URL: http://www.bea.gov/bea/regional/gsp.htm
Description: The equivalent of GDP for the U.S. at the state level.

Category: Industry Economic Accounts
URL: http://www.bea.gov/bea/dn2.htm
Description: Income and capital flow by industry (input-output tables are also available)  

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor)
URL: http://www.bls.gov
Description: Provides a considerable amount of data for the U.S. , states, metropolitan areas, counties, and other areas. A few of the data categories available from the BLS are displayed below.

Category: Employment & Unemployment
URL: http://www.bls.gov/bls/employment.htm
Description: Provides data on aspects of labor force including employment by industry

Category: Inflation & Consumer Spending
URL: http://www.bls.gov/bls/inflation.htm
Description: Provide measures for consumer and producer price changes. Also provide data on aspects of consumer spending

Category: Occupations
URL: http://www.bls.gov/bls/occupation.htm
Description: Detailed data (employment, wages, etc) by occupations, down to the metro area level.

Category: Productivity
URL: http://www.bls.gov/bls/productivity.htm
Description: Productivity for U.S. industries

Source: Pennsylvania Scorecard
URL: http://www.pascorecard.com/
Description: Provides data about the competitive climate for attracting, growing, and nurturing private-sector economic activity in Pennsylvania. This position is then compared to other states to see how Pennsylvania ranks in each metric.

Source: EconData.Net
URL: http://www.econdata.net
Description: Provides numerous links to data sources for regional economic activity. A useful guide for sorting through and finding state and sub-state socioeconomic data and information.

Source: ACCRA (formerly the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association)
URL: http://www.accra.org
Description: Provide a spatial cost of living index for participating metro areas. The only comprehensive source for comparison of costs between places.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation
URL: http://www.fbi.gov
Description: Statistics on crime through their Uniform Crime Reports

Source: The U.S. Conference of Mayors
URL: http://www.usmayors.org
Description: Publish the annual “Metro Economies Report” that gives estimates of gross metropolitan product (i.e., the final value of goods and services produced in each metro area in one year) for all metropolitan area economies in the U.S. as well as the gross domestic product for countries around the world.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics
URL: http://www.bts.gov
Description: Statistics on different transportation modes including aviation, highway, rail, and others.

Source: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
URL: http://www.fdic.gov
Description: The Summary of Deposits provides data on the amount of insured bank deposits for states, metropolitan areas, and counties.

Source: United States Bankruptcy Courts
URL: http://www.uscourts.gov/bankruptcycourts.html
Description: Provide statistics on the number of each type of bankruptcy filed in U.S. federal courts.

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
URL: http://www.eeoc.gov
Description: Detailed state and metro area statistics on employment by sex and race for many occupations.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center
URL: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov
Description: Detailed data on climate including temperature and precipitation.

Source: ACT ( American College Testing Program)
URL: http://www.act.org/news/data.html
Description: National and state scores on the ACT exam

Source: Pennsylvania State Data Center
URL: http://pasdc.hbg.psu.edu/
Description: The official source of demographic and economic data for Pennsylvania . They also have other information and reports available.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

Source: Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership
URL: http://www.eriechamber.com
Description: As stated on their website: The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership speaks and takes action for the business community on economic development, business retention, expansion and recruitment within the Erie region. Retaining and creating family-sustaining jobs for our region is a goal at the Regional Chamber. In addition to direct member benefits, your participation supports a diverse and ongoing economic development effort that benefits our entire region.

Source: InvestErie.com
URL: http://www.investerie.com
Description: A site focused on economic development and investment in Erie . A team composed of the City of Erie , County of Erie , Economic Development Corporation of Erie County , Corry Redevelopment Authority, and the Erie Regional Chamber helps facilitate the investment processes.

Source: Economic Development Corporation of Erie County
URL: http://www.team.org/edc.html
Description: As stated on their website: "The Economic Development Corporation of Erie County is organized and operates for the creation of net new jobs in Erie County. The Corporation utilizes the essentials of economics, land, labor and capital and then disseminates information about programs designed to spur investment in Erie County . Activities generally are limited to those enterprises which increase the net wealth of Erie County , that is, exchanging goods or services to those outside of the County so that new capital can be brought into the County."

Source: Pennsylvania Economic Development Directory
URL: http://www.ecodevdirectory.com/pennsylvania.htm
Description: Provides information and links to economic development agencies throughout the state.

Source: Economic Development Administration ( U.S. Department of Commerce)
URL: http://www.eda.gov
Description: As stated on their website: “The Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides grants for infrastructure development, local capacity building, and business development to help communities alleviate conditions of substantial and persistent unemployment and underemployment in economically distressed areas and regions.”

Source: International Economic Development Council
URL: http://www.iedconline.org/
Description: As stated on their website: “ IEDC's mission is to provide leadership and excellence in economic development for our communities, members and partners to build economically strong, sustainable communities.” Also has site selection standards.

Source: The Economic Development Directory
URL: http://www.ecodevdirectory.com
Description: Provides a directory for economic development agencies in countries around the world. Also provide links for each state in the U.S.

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GOVERNMENTS

Source: State of Pennsylvania
URL: http://www.state.pa.us
Description: Homepage of PA. Provides a wide array of information for businesses, residents, tourists, and more.

Source: City of Erie Government
URL: http://www.ci.erie.pa.us
Description: Information on aspects of city government activities and other information about Erie .

Source: Erie County Government
URL: https://secure.eriepa.us
Description: Homepage of Erie County Government.

Source: Pennsylvania Local Government
URL: http://sites.state.pa.us/govlocal.html
Description: Provides links to local governments in Pennsylvania with active websites

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LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS IN ERIE COUNTY

Source: Civic Coordinating Committee
URL: http://www.cityoferiepa.com/ccubed/
Description: As stated on their website: “The Civic Coordinating Committee, also known as C3 or C-Cubed, is a collaborative effort of political, business and community leaders who are committed to working together to improve the quality of life for all citizens in the Erie region.”

Source: Erie County Convention Center Authority
URL: http://www.erieevents.com
Description: Information, including events schedule for four entertainment and convention facilities.

Source: GoErie.com
URL: http://www.goerie.com
Description: The official website of the Erie Times News . Provides an electronic edition of the Erie Times News as well as other information.

Source: Erie International Airport : Tom Ridge Field
URL: http://www.erieairport.org/
Description: Official website of the Erie International Airport

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HEALTH DATA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides detailed health and hospital statistics for PA and counties. The PA Dept. of Health's homepage can be found at: http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us

The data are provided by the Bureau of Health Statistics and Research, Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions. The Bureau of Health Statistics and Research's homepage can be found at: http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=175&Q=228721

County Health Profiles: Statistical reports for PA & counties
http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=175&q=201638
•  Natality (birthrates) & pregnancies
•  Morbidity
•  Cancer incidence for major categories
•  Mortality & major causes
•  Hospitals & nursing homes
•  Drug & alcohol treatment

Health Status Indicators for PA counties & Health Districts
http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=175&q=201638
•  Provides statistics on 18 health indicators (e.g., poverty, birth, infant death, disease incidence) for the U.S. , PA, counties, & Health Districts

Cancer Incidence & Mortality
http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=175&q=201519
•  Provides detailed statistics on observed and expected cancer cases

Health Facilities-Hospital Reports
http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=175&q=201778
•  Hospital utilization
•  Inpatient Hospital Unit Data
•  Discharges and Discharge Days by Age Group
•  Emergency services capability and utilization
•  Active medical staff with clinical privileges in selected departments/services
•  Full-time and part-time personnel on payroll
•  Availability of 49 selected services
•  Cardiac catheterizations
•  Open and closed heart surgery operations
•  CT scanner and MRI data
•  Operating room utilization
•  Diagnostic radiology (excluding CT scanners and MRI)
•  Diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine utilization
•  Room rates for all licensed/approved hospitals
•  Selected data on infant/neonatal services and utilization
•  Organ transplants

Health Facilities-Ambulatory Surgery Center Reports
http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=175&q=201778
•  Patient visits by age, ultrasound exams, diagnostic x-rays, operations, number of operating rooms, and availability of 5 selected services.
•  Active medical staff with clinical privileges in 19 selected specialties
•  Full-time and part-time personnel on payroll and contracted  

Nursing Home Reports
http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=175&q=201778
•  Utilization Data
•  Private daily charges and per diem reimbursement rates
•  Selected data by facility
•  Twenty-three categories of full-time and part-time personnel on payroll
•  Male and female resident census by age group

Healthy People 2010
http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=175&q=229393
Provides past incidence and 2010 goal for different aspects of the following categories:
•  Cancer
•  Diabetes
•  Educational and community based programs
•  Family planning
•  Food safety
•  Heart disease and stroke
•  HIV
•  Immunization & infectious diseases
•  Injury & violence prevention
•  Maternal, infant, & child health
•  Mental health & mental disorders
•  Oral health
•  Substance abuse

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