Using data to guide local economic development efforts is essential to remaining competitive in a quickly evolving economy. Examining data can help leaders identify changes, new opportunities, and emerging issues and make decisions that reflect the entire community rather than merely the perception of a vocal or influential group. As we continue to get more and more sources and detailed data, often questions may turn to how to convert data into actionable goals. Check out this new article by Drs. Craig Carpenter and Rebekka Dudensing to learn about various conversion strategies and the importance of how the goals are written themselves.