IMPLAN Blog

Now Available: 2021 Data

Posted by Chandler West on November 29, 2022

Data season is here! At IMPLAN, we mark the holiday season with our annual data release. That means 2021 data has arrived in the IMPLAN application!

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Topics: Data

New Features: Collaborate Like Never Before with Project Sharing and Project Transfer

Posted by Chandler West & Mallory Odom on October 11, 2022

We are happy to announce that the days of screenshots and frustrating phone calls are finally over!

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Celebrating IMPLAN History: The Rural Development Act of 1972

Posted by Chandler West on September 30, 2022

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Rural Development Act of 1972 (RDA). The RDA was  pivotal to getting the ball rolling for IMPLAN to be created in 1976.

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Topics: Impact, Economic Development, Government

IMPLAN Now Supports Canada

Posted by Chandler West on September 23, 2022

It’s about time IMPLAN makes it possible to conduct studies beyond the United States, eh? We are pleased to announce our new and improved Canada Provincial Product, in which Canada data pairs with our state-of-the-art software and model to empower our users to study economic impacts across the Great White North.

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Topics: Data, announcement

Get to Know the Shannon-Weaver Index of Economic Diversity

Posted by Jenny Thorvaldson on August 19, 2022

It’s important to keep an eye on economic diversity, especially in times of economic uncertainty and when supply and demand are shifting. The Shannon-Weaver index is a powerful tool for measuring how evenly or unevenly the employment in any region is distributed among its industries. In today’s blog, we’re exploring how the S-W index works in IMPLAN and what it means for your economic impact studies.

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Topics: Economics, Methodology

What is IMPLAN?

Posted by IMPLAN Staff on August 4, 2022

So, you’re hoping to gain insight and quantify the impact of an industry, a new or existing business, expected growth or changes, or a specific event to the economy of a particular region. Where do you even begin?

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Topics: Data, Economics, Methodology

Service to All Mankind: How AKA Sorority, Inc. Uses IMPLAN

Posted by Chandler West on June 1, 2022

Countless organizations across the United States have used IMPLAN to gain insights into their economic impacts, inform event location decisions, and so much more. One such organization is Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Incorporated. AKA Sorority was established in 1908 and has since grown to a membership of over 300,000 women focused on personal and professional development as well as leadership and advocacy for social change.

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IMPLAN and Renewable Energy: Understanding Offshore Wind Tax Credits

Posted by Chandler West on May 24, 2022

As renewable energies take center stage in political policies and public consciousness, IMPLAN is here to help you measure each project’s economic impact. Our recent post Resource Roundup: IMPLAN and Solar Energy focused on giving you the information you need to study the economic impact of a solar energy project. Much of that same information can also be applied to wind power projects. In today’s blog, we’re taking a look at the Offshore Wind Tax Credit Program and how IMPLAN can help you understand the economic impact of wind energy projects, whether you’re a developer, a state authority, or an accounting service provider.

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Topics: Economics, Funding, Environmental, Energy, "Taxes", Impact, Economic Development

Resource Roundup: IMPLAN and Solar Energy

Posted by Chandler West on May 9, 2022

As more and more people recognize the importance of protecting our planet, renewable energies like solar energy are taking center stage, transforming our environment as well as our economies.

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Topics: Economics, Environmental, Energy, Economic Development

The Big Picture: Understanding the State of the Economy Using IMPLAN Data and Other Sources

Posted by Jenny Thorvaldson on April 7, 2022

An enormous variety of factors are at play in any given economy, and there are countless measuring tools and data sets that can help us better understand what is happening in our economic environment. In times of great change, like we’re experiencing now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be helpful to take a step back and look at the big picture. IMPLAN data sets provide very granular geographic and industrial levels of detail, with consistent data estimates spanning from 2001 to the most recent IMPLAN data year. These micro data can be used in concert with macro data from other sources to gain a rich understanding of local and regional economies, as well as the national economy. In today’s blog, we’re looking at some measurements that can be used alongside IMPLAN data to gain a better sense of the big picture.

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Topics: Data, Economic Development

Why IMPLAN?

Put simply, IMPLAN is built for everyone.

Together, our software and data give you a window into your region of study — like one gigantic transaction log for the local economy. Chances are that if your project or business has a financial component, then IMPLAN can reveal some sometimes surprising detail about how your project relates to the local, state, or national economy.

What used to take economists weeks can be done in minutes. By anyone!

But you're not alone, IMPLAN's best benefits go beyond the work done in the tool:

  • Easy to learn and use
  • Outstanding customer support
  • Access to orientations, trainings, and project consultations
  • Instills confidence in your analyses

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