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Who Will Stop the Flood?

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There has to be a better way to make sense of all this data.

You’ve probably been in this scenario — you are bogged down in a flood of data with no way to interpret it meaningfully. Now, imagine that scenario for a regional decision-maker in Indiana, who is trying to figure out the best way to invest economic development dollars.

For those decision-makers, there’s a new tool called the Regional Decision Maker, which is operated by the Purdue Center for Regional Development.  The tool offers dynamic regional mapping in the cloud. In other words, it’s a powerful suite of mapping websites and tools to help planners make informed decisions quickly and efficiently.

The tool has been used by many Indiana counties and regions. By using the tool to look at industry and occupational clusters in Decatur County, decision-makers saved weeks of data calculation and built a strategic development plan for the county.

“We use the RDM to help regions — geographic, labor markets and economic corridors — of Indiana understand what drives their economies,” says Indraneel Kumar, a regional planner with PCRD.

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