Research Tools

Research Tools
Staff of the Kerr-Tar Planning Department are able to help individuals gather data, create maps, and complete reports including demographics and retail market potential.

Please let us know how we can help and/or provide assistance.
The U.S. Cluster Mapping website is an interactive platform for data visualizations on clusters of industries and innovation across the country, designed to benchmark the economic performance and competitiveness of U.S. regions. It forms part of a national economic development initiative led by the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School and sponsored by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

Cluster Mapping

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year — giving communities the information they need to plan investments and services.

US Census

Promoting Tourism in Rural America covers the major issues in rural tourism including agritourism, cultural/heritage tourism, ecotourism, planning, marketing, economic impact and more. It provides web links to more than fifty full-text “how to” information guides, manuals, and handbooks for assisting local officials, communities, and citizens involved in tourism development and includes a section of resources organizations.  The reader may also access additional tourism resources including success stories/case studies, funding and assistance programs, and statistical information located on the Rural Information Center’s Rural Tourism page on the Rural Information Center website.

Promoting Tourism

Sample Regional Economic and Demographic Data and Maps***




*** – for specific data requests and reports, please contact us.

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American FactFinder