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The Data Center: Tallahassee’s Leading Source for Economic Indicators and Trends

02/01/2021

Richard Fetchick, Business Intelligence Manager

Along with the rest of the OEV website, our Data Center enjoyed an overhaul in 2020 to enhance navigability, loading speed, and even expand the information presented. All the data formerly available on the site, as well as simple ways to send a particular question our way, can be found via our five new dropdown tabs – Economic Dashboard, Interactive Data, Data Archives, Data Requests, and Data Talks. OEV staff track, collect, and distill nearly 90 data points from over 40 sources, which inform the information gathering and strategic planning efforts of businesses, ecosystem partners, and government offices throughout the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area to facilitate a better informed and more business-friendly economy. Let’s take a look at each tab and how they can help your inquiries into local data via this article.

The Economic Dashboard is a new feature that presents two sets of Indicator comparable to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s “Florida Scorecard”. On ours, visitors can view quarterly or monthly indicators that align with the award-winning Quarterly Economic Dashboard (QED) and Data Driver. Information on each indicator, such as Taxable Sales, can include the latest statistic, year-over-year change, and an explanation of the indicator. These help provide a quick snapshot of the pulse of our local economy.

Our Interactive Data and Data Archives provide the bulk of the information we collect and create visualizations for, organized for ease of access. Visitors can search three tabs – Community, Economy, and Workforce – under the Interactive Data tab, to locate tableau graphics and downloads for everything from Higher Education Institution Enrollment (Community) to Fastest Growing Occupations (Workforce). The Archives provide PDF and Excel downloads of all our indicator data, including a yearly statistical digest.

The award-winning Data Talks videos, produced by Dan Lucas on the OEV team, provide a multi-faceted look at a local question of interest, such as the number of student graduates who remain in Tallahassee after obtaining a degree. This library will continue to grow as time passes, and offer perspective on questions that residents and policy makers have puzzled over in a concise and data-rich manner.

The Data Requests, as well as the main Data Center page, are there to assist with getting in touch. We welcome any question about local data, and we enjoy helping find the “sweet spot” between a question and the data available to answer it.

In short, OEV provides a best-in-class, comprehensive, and locally essential Data Center, which for much of the community, is the ‘go-to’ for economic data and research.– Once you’ve received our monthly and quarterly data newsletter, I invite you to visit our re-vamped Data Center at https://oevforbusiness.org/data-center/ to explore the full trove of data at your fingertips!

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