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“The American Community Survey is a national treasure, producing a wealth of data our country relies on to make important decisions.” - Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Dr. Mark Doms


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2015 Census Test in the Savannah, Ga. Area

The 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, Ga. area starts today! If you live in one of the 20 counties in Georgia and South Carolina that are participating in the test, we encourage you to visit www.census.gov/2015 to complete the census test form online.


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Supply Chain Innovation: Strengthening America’s Small Manufacturers


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Assess Costs Everywhere – Now Even Better!

The Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) tool outlines the wide range of costs and risks associated with offshore production, and provide links to important public and private resources, so that firms can more accurately assess the total cost of operating overseas.


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The Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) has been appointed by Secretary Pritzker to assist the Department of Commerce in revolutionizing their data assets, to empower our data users to become more informed, create a data ecosystem around our data products, and ultimately to foster innovation, create jobs, and drive better decision making. Find out more about the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC)

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Economic Indicators

The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) releases 12 monthly and quarterly Principal Federal Economic Indicators collected by its constituent bureaus: the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Businesses rely heavily upon these indicators to make decisions every day. In their public comments, the Secretary and ESA's Under Secretary and Chief Economist put the indicators into a national and global economic context.

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American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

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New Report on Value of the American Community Survey

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) released a new report today titled, "The Value of the American Community Survey: Smart Government, Competitive Businesses, and Informed Citizens."  The report shows how the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) is used to accurately direct over $400 billion in federal funds to the communities that need them, and to help businesses and community leaders make operational decisions that generate economic activity, boost employment, and improve the standard of living in communities across the country.

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New ESA report: The Value of the American Community Survey: Smart Government, Competitive Businesses, and Informed Citizens

Better data for better decisions. That's our mantra at ESA. And one of the best sources of data in an increasingly data-driven decision-making world is the American Community Survey.

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The New Spirit of Sustainable Business: Prosper by 'Doing Good' as Commerce Department Launches First of Five Natural Capital Business Round Tables

Nature provides several trillion dollars' worth of inputs and services vital to long-term business success – indeed, one study shows our global 'natural living infrastructure' produces $21-72 trillion in annual goods and services.  However, because clean water and air; fertile soil; buffers to floods, droughts, fires, and extreme weather are not traded or sold in the marketplace, their value has been largely unaccounted for in business decisions and market transactions. 

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The Value of the American Community Survey: Smart Government, Competitive Businesses, and Informed Citizens

The American Community Survey (ACS) is the largest continuous household survey in the United States, providing a wealth of information about the economic, social, and demographic characteristics of persons, as well as housing characteristics. One goal of the ACS is to serve as a cost-effective vehicle for collecting information required by law, regulation, or executive order on behalf of Federal agencies or at the direction of Congress. In conducting the ACS, the U.S. Census Bureau leverages its existing infrastructure and data collection expertise on behalf of the Federal Government.

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner. BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy.

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The Chief Economist is the Under Secretary's principal adviser on economic matters and serves as a special adviser to the Secretary of Commerce. The Office of the Chief Economist conducts analyses of policy proposals, monitors and interprets current economic developments; as well as analyzes major economic policy developments for use by senior officials throughout the Administration.

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The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by scientific objectivity, our strong and capable workforce, our devotion to research-based innovation, and our abiding commitment to our customers.

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