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PLCY 080.001: Innovative Places

Government & Local Sources

State and local government websites are a rich source of information for your city. Try a few web searches for your city. On one of them include the term "site:.gov" in your keywords. This will limit your results to government websites.

  • Look for city council records, such as meeting agendas or notes.
  • Most local governments have an office of economic development.
  • Find the Secretary of State website for your location's state, e.g. North Carolina Secretary of State. You can search for businesses registered in the state, browse annual reports, and learn more about business & industry in the state.
  • Tourist boards and historical societies, whether government-run or non-profits, may be relevant sites to search.

NAICS codes are important to know when you are researching industries. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) are numbers that the U.S. Government assigns to each industry for the purposes of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

Local newspapers may have relevant articles. Look for the name of your city's newspaper, and then search for archived stories. If the newspaper is defunct, or you're having a hard time finding old articles, try searching in the Wayback Machine.

Explore More Databases

Find more databases to explore: https://guides.lib.unc.edu/sb.php

Try databases in Policy, Economics, and Business.

Library Databases

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