Data and analysis tools to support regional competitiveness in a knowledge-based economy. An EDA project.

Who Is This Site For?

This site makes the latest research on innovation and rural development available to economic developers and other local decision makers in an easy-to-use format. Data may be used in both rural and urban regions.

A Guide for Practitioners

Looking for an overview of the tools and ideas on how to use them in your region? Here's a short PDF to get you started.

Innovation Index

index graphic The Index helps you understand your region's innovation performance and potential

Cluster Analysis

Explore 15 knowledge-based occupation clusters and 17 industry clusters to uncover regional strengths

Investment Analysis

Understand the regional development process and access tools to help guide public investment decisions

Crossing the Next Regional Frontier

Slideshow Image 1 Innovation Index Public Investment Industry Clusters
Slideshow Image 1 Innovation Index Public Investment Industry Clusters
Slideshow Image 1 Innovation Index Public Investment Industry Clusters

Why Regions Matter

How can regions participate in and take advantage of today's knowledge-based innovation economy? This website provides tools to facilitate relevant insights and help answer the fundamental questions underlying regional development in today's changing economy.

The purpose of these tools is to help a region guide strategic discussions about where to invest scarce resources to build prosperity for the next generation. More specifically, these tools enable regional leaders to focus on 2 sets of core assets that create prosperity: brainpower and innovation.