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These posts examine local, regional and national data that matter to the Fifth District economy and our communities.

September 17, 2021

Fifth District states have amassed budget surpluses over the past few years. Additionally, state and local governments received aid through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Now, states must decide how to spend both.

Lucas Moyon and Laura Dawson Ullrich

September 9, 2021

Focusing on a complete household’s needs, Garrett County Community Action Committee’s integrated “2Gen approach” links children to high-quality early education and their parents to services that build financial security.

September 2, 2021

Manufacturers have recently seen an increase in orders, but disruptions in the supply chain have made meeting demand a challenge.

Roisin McCord and Alexander Nikolov

August 26, 2021

Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) like Woodlands Community Lenders are uniquely positioned to help rural towns address unique challenges through place-based revitalization and by attracting investment.

Tiffany Hollin-Wright and Surekha Carpenter

August 5, 2021

Surveyed Fifth District firms are raising wages at an above normal pace as they struggle to fill open positions.

Roisin McCord

July 29, 2021

Vance-Granville Community College’s early college high schools and workforce programs are improving education and job opportunities for area residents.

Laura Dawson Ullrich and Lucas Moyon

July 15, 2021

Choptank Electric Cooperative on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is an example of how many electric cooperatives are providing broadband service in rural communities.

Alexander Marré and Alexander Nikolov

July 8, 2021

In our new Rural Spotlight series, we explore solutions to the economic challenges faced by rural communities in the Fifth District.

Stephanie Norris

June 29, 2021

This post looks at the current assessment of roads and bridges in the Fifth District and how states have recently allocated federal funds.

Joseph Mengedoth and Alexander Nikolov

June 17, 2021

This post explains how the newest round of stimulus dollars can be used to help governments and communities recover from the pandemic.

Sam Louis Taylor

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