Wisconsin Economic Development Institute Update: Economic Development News and Notes

Information you can use:

Economic Development News:

  • Social Media Use in 2018 – From the Pew Center: “A majority of Americans use Facebook and YouTube, but young adults are especially heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram.”
  • Building Trust: Performance Metrics in Counties – From the National Association of Counties, this report explores a variety of ways in which counties are tracking performance and using performance metrics to improve services for residents.

Economic Opportunity:

  • Follow the Money: How to Track Federal Funding to Local Governments – This guide helps data users navigate the patchwork of primary data sources and online portals that show how the federal government distributes funding to local governments.
  • Small Businesses Perceive Lack of Support – The latest Kaufmann Foundation survey found entrepreneurs at both startups and established firms feel the government does not care about their businesses and that the government does not support small, local businesses. This potentially represents a great opportunity for local ED’ers to demonstrate support.