YE Makes Your Data Research Easy
Compiling a vast array of complex data is one thing. Presenting it in an easily navigated, accessible format is another. Through our comprehensive, easy-to-use site, our goal is to serve a broad range of users, providing the data to meet your unique needs. Learn more about how the YE site works and what we have to offer.
"I've been pointing people directly to the YourEconomy web site because it's so user-friendly."
- Brian Kelsey
- Director of Community and
- Capital Area Council of Governments
- Austin, Texas
The YE Team
When Gregg Cole and Mark Lange, former Executive Director, of the Edward Lowe Foundation began to uncover significant revelations in their research of small business data, they knew it was information that had be further explored and developed.
Seeking a resource to support and expand their findings on second-stage businesses, Cole and Lange enlisted the services of the NETS Database. Initially intending to publish reports on entrepreneurships, the sheer volume of unique data generated by NETS soon made it clear to the team that the foundation could have greater impact by creating an actual tool for use by economic developers and researchers.
"I don't think the (funding) door would have been opened if the commissioners had not seen the YourEconomy data."
- Shawn Winkler-Rios
- Executive Director, Lane MicroBusiness
- Lane County, OR
And so, YourEconomy.org was created.
It followed months of discussion with economic developers, numerous returns to the drawing board, and the writing of masses of computer code, created in partnership with developer Eric Vines. But the rapid success of YE since its launch, and the recognition received by high level sources nationwide speak to the valuable resource that the team has developed and the unique role it fills.
Together with Donald Walls of Walls & Associates – president and developer of NETS - Cole, Vines and Lange have created a resource that continues to grow in scope and depth, meeting the needs of researchers, strategists and communities across the country.
Supporting second-stage business entities has been of particular focus and interest to the team. Today, with new funding sources, they are expanding into greater data development and the leveraging of NETS to create new datasets to track high-growth companies in both the second and third stages of business development. Check out Insights for the latest in information on YE developments, views and publications.
And...a quick shout-out to the Blue Mouse Monkey team, Julia Stoops, Matt Hoiland, and Karla Smith!
"YE gave me the tools I needed to convince key people that the concepts I believe we need to implement are applicable. YourEconomy.org has helped me help other people think differently about economic development."
- Chuck Alvey
- Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada