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Kansas Independent Colleges Increase Visibility, Community Engagement with Economic Impact Data


The Kansas Independent College Association needed help communicating—with one collective voice—how independent colleges improve the economic and cultural vibrancy of the state. And it found the help it needed in EMSI’s Economic Impact Study, which provided a variety of data for use in marketing and public relations...
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Which Metros Are Creating the Highest Share of Living Wage Jobs? Just Look at Manufacturing Hubs like Detroit

The second edition of the Labor Market 150 Index is out, and once again Provo-Orem, Houston, and Raleigh make up a powerhouse trio at the top of the quarterly ranking from EMSI and CareerBuilder. Yet none of these labor market standouts cracks the top of the list of metros that have created the highest share...
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How Communities Can Retain and Attract Businesses by Understanding Their Industry Clusters

The terms and definitions differ, but pretty much every state and region has a set of industry groups that dictate new policies, initiatives, and research. For economic developers, these clusters or ecosystems are vital to retaining and attracting...
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Skilled Labor Tops Site Selector Priorities: Five Data Points That Communicate Workforce Strengths

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For economic development professionals, the stakes are high when demonstrating workforce availability. In fact, according to the 2014 Area Development survey of company executives, the availability of skilled labor has rapidly become the No. 1 factor in site decisions (labor costs are No....
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