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New Data Shows The Result of Violent Crime

New Data Shows The Result of Violent Crime

The Washington Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) just launched a new interactive website focusing on crime, poverty, education, and health. The SAC Mapping Tool website offers 12 different indicators with data available for each county in the state. A few of the indicators are common, such as population, share graduating from high school, household income, unemployment, and poverty.
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Men & Women, Money & Work

Men & Women, Money & Work

Based on data, we know the "typical" U.S. male worker earns more than the "typical" U.S. female worker employed in the same occupation. What is typical? What can drilling deeper into a variety of different occupations and educational attainment levels tell us? Looking at the gender income gap occupation by occupation might be very time consuming and tedious. However, data visualizations...
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New State Financial Intelligence Tool

New State Financial Intelligence Tool

The Office of the Washington State Auditor has a new tool for Mr. and Mrs. John Q. and Martha Q. Public to go for government financial accountability information called the Finance Intelligence Tool (FIT). This data has always been (and still is) available through the Local Government Financial Reporting System (LGFRS), also provided by the Washington State Auditor. FIT presents data from a...
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Trends In Action

Net Jobs: Bucking the Trends and Diverging Wage Growth

Benton and Franklin County, location of a Cold War era plutonium production site surrounded by agriculture, has seen an expansion in jobs unlike anywhere in the state. No other metro area in the state could claim a 3% growth rate in jobs during the Great Recession, a time...
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5-Year High School Graduation Rate Increasing

Completing high school is arguably one of the most important milestones in life. Statistically, compared to those with a high school diploma, non-completers: will earn less money, are more likely to be unemployed, less likely to have health or afford health insurance, and are...
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Shifting Employment Shares in Top-5 Employing Sectors

Quickly imagine and compare the differences in the workforce of New York City and Spokane County. Of course, they are very different but it also highlights the importance of being able to discern how much of the pie certain occupation groups comprise of the entire...
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5-Questions With:

Matt Mathes

Matt Mathes

TRIDEC Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative Water Policy Subcommittee Chair / Badger Club Programs Committee Member

 

Q1. As planning leader in the Tri Cities, what metrics do you pay most attention to in your day-to-day work?

A1. I try to focus on only a few quality of life factors including economics, environment and energy metrics. My research and practice in regional planning and economics led me to understand each region can’t always control the relative value of their community compared to others. One community could stay the same and become more valuable (more attractive) over time via declines among other communities, or the reverse. In a sense, Tri Cities region benefited from excellent resource stewardship and continuity of business relative to other metro areas now in decline because of lack of water, high power costs, lack of sunshine or not enough STEM talent – all abundant in Tri Cities region today.

Q2. Are there any indicators on Benton Franklin Trends that help inform your professional activities?

A2. Yes.  As the Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative Water Policy Subcommittee Chair, I frequently check all of the Environmental Sustainability metrics, plus a few economic metrics including income per capita, employment and real estate value trends plus the mix of energy supply by source all on the Benton-Franklin Trends website. As the former Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative Sustainability Task Force Chair 2014-2015, I’m proud to say I helped rank and score the final set of Environmental Sustainability metrics now available.

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