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Webinar: Researching in Place: Top Five Free Data Sources for Mastering Your Local Economy While Stuck at Home

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration Fee
Individual Rate: $79.00
Group Rate: $295.00
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Registration Opens:Monday, April 13th, 2020

Registration Close: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Webinar Date: May 6th, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Venue: Online

Registration Fees:

Individual Rate: $79.00
Group Rate: $295.00

Local economic developers are expected to play many roles: community leaders, project managers, chief marketing officers, problem solvers, and more. Access to data has always been an important aspect of running a best-in-class EDC. But many of us have become reliant on automated data services or SaaS licenses to produce the numbers we need to tell compelling stories about our communities. What happens when the world stops and those fee-based, privately operated data firms go offline? Are you prepared to play another role on behalf of your community, chief economist?

There are several free tools and information sources powered by publicly available data that every economic developer should know how to use. Brian Kelsey, who writes about the economy, labor market, and economic development at, will provide quick tutorials on his favorite data sources using examples from Texas communities. Novice researchers and armchair economists will get an overview of each resource and an explanation of strengths and weaknesses of the data during the first portion of the webinar. The second portion of the webinar will be more of an "office hours" format, where experienced researchers will have an opportunity to ask more detailed questions or discuss solutions to common research issues.


  • Brian Kelsey, Founder, Civic Analytics
Registration & Payment Policy

All registrations are to be made online. Registrations will not be accepted by mail, email, telephone or fax. Payments in advance are encouraged, unless specified to be paid prior to the event. Invoices are required to be paid within 30 days following the event. Payments may be made in the form of check or online via credit card. Purchase orders will not be accepted as a form of payment.

Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing via email to TEDC staff. Cancellations received in writing on or before (10 business days), and which payment has been received, will be refunded via check following the event. All refunds will be charged a $35.00 administration cancellation fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after (10 business days). A registrant who does not submit a written cancellation or attend the event, is considered a No-Show and is not eligible for a refund. A registrant who does not submit a written notice of cancellation or attend the event is still responsible for the registration fee.

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