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Poverty

An analysis of market forces and decisions that affect the economy and job market of a given community. Particular attention has been given to the affect of large businesses within small towns, and what it means for the existing community.

Economic Impact

How certain social and environmental events contribute to the economic profile of a place.
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This study considers the potential regional economic gains in Pennsylvania from advanced biofuels production. The analysis considers four producing regions and, respectively, miscanthus, switchgrass, and soft willow as the cellulosic feedstocks. In all, 12 models were developed to project economic impacts in each region and for each feedstock type. The modeling process combined inputs from Penn State experts in crop production, the transformation of that information so that it was suitable for entry into an impact modeling structure, technical production coefficients from the National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) for enzymatic cellulosic ethanol production, and regionally-specific industrial production accounts generated from the IMPLAN input-output modeling system.

Folk College, a weekend-long music event held by the Huntington County Arts Council, opens up Huntington County to a slew of outsiders for two days of music and art. Learn how a small event can have such an incredible economic impact on the County.

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An estimate and analysis of economic impact in Dauphin and Cumberland Counties during the major events held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center from December 2012 to November 2013. This includes the change in employment, income and outcome resulting from the event, and impacting the local community.

Wal-Mart and County-Wide Poverty

Counties that gained a Wal-Martâ„¢ store experienced smaller reductions in family poverty rates during the 1990s than did counties not gaining a Wal-Mart store. That is the central finding of a new study examining the effect of the chain on county poverty rates. This result holds after other factors affecting changes in poverty over time are accounted for, including initial poverty and whether the county already had a Wal-Mart at the beginning of the decade.

by Stephan Goetz and Hema Swaminathan

Counties that gained a Wal-Martâ„¢ store experienced smaller reductions in family poverty rates during the 1990s than did counties not gaining a Wal-Mart store. That is the central finding of a new study examining the effect of the chain on county poverty rates. This result holds after other factors affecting changes in poverty over time are accounted for, including initial poverty and whether the county already had a Wal-Mart at the beginning of the decade.