There are lots of resources to learn more about how the state’s economy currently functions, and how your local economy fits in. Researching the economy of your local area before What's Next discussions are convened means you and your community can make more informed decisions about what kinds of actions might be helpful. You may even want to create a one-page insert for the discussion guide with localized economic information so that everyone can benefit from the information. Here are a few places that you can go to find well-researched, reliable information about state and local economies:

Appalachian Region

State-Level Data

Town & County-Level Data