Business and Urban Issues
numbers: 330s; 650s; 307.76]
Countywide Plan - http://www.future-marin.org/cwpdocs/CWPTrendsandIssuesReportJanuarymeeting.pdf
This PDF-formatted "Draft Trends and Issues Report" published in January
2002 is the latest of many steps to a comprehensive planning document for
Marin County. Since the entire report is 110 pages long be sure to select
only those pages you want to print before hitting the print button! Part
Plan Update Web site.
Project: Marin County General Plan - http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/doc_query?where-author=Marin&rel-author=like&where-doc_type=generalplan&rel-doc_type=equals&special=ceres&max=15
California: Demographics - http://www.marin.org/demog/index.cfm
This page provides links to data about the population of Marin County.
Links are provided to: Demographics of Marin Cities & Places compiled
from the 2000 census; Data from the State of California: crime indexes,
school data, etc.; Report Card for the North Bay - 1999; Ongoing and Emerging
Trends in Marin with a focus on Welfare Reform; Housing & Population
January, 1998; Marin County Community Assessment; Marin
Profile (1997): a survey of economic and social indicators;
and Healthy Marin Partnership Collaborative Community Assessment: health,
social and economic indicators report.
for a Course in Basic Economics - http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~reak/glosslist.htm#General
Professor emeritus Ken Rea developed this online list of economic terms
to help students in a course he taught through the University of Toronto
glossary, from publisher W.W. Norton, will be found at http://www.wwnorton.com/college/econ/stiglitz/gloss.htm.
And still another list of economics
terms, from Biz/ed.com, a British Web site, can be found at
Unbiased reports and information about products and services, prepared
by the Consumers' Union. "You'll find Consumer Reports advice, ratings
and recommendations, based on [their] independent testing of consumer products
and services. You'll find no advertising on this site." In order to have
access to the full database of reviews you'll need to subscribe.
The Better Business Bureau
"The Better Business Bureau provides instant access to business and consumer
alerts as well as helpful resources. Plus, you can file a complaint online
and more." Includes the latest consumer warnings and other news from the
BBB, consumer buying guides and business publications, and related information.
"TheStreet.com Network provides you, individual and professional investors,
with timely, to-the-point financial news and analysis you can use to succeed
in today's markets. Updated before, during and after the bell by the largest
independent financial newsroom on the web, our stories put you on the trading
floor with some of the best financial minds in the business."
"This is the Economic Democracy Information Network (EDIN), a project dedicated
to expanding the voice of community organizations on the Information Superhighway.
The EDIN Project is sponsored by UC-Berkeley's Center for Community Economic
Research (CCER)." Includes links to: The economy, Defense conversion and
peace resources, Labor issues, Race and racism, Gender and sexuality, Environment,
Trade and the international economy, Human rights & civil liberties,
Housing, health & poverty, Education and youth issues, International
info & organizing, Socialist and Left politics, Elections and political
party info, Right-wing politics, Government: US & the world, Computers
& information activism, and Arts, culture and humor.
Economic Reports of the President
The annual Economic Report of the President includes current and foreseeable
trends and annual numerical goals on topics such as employment, unemployment,
production, real income and the labor force. You can search each report
(from 1996 on) by keyword. Or at the bottom of the page you can click on
the Table of Contents of a particular report to go to a detailed list of
what's in each report.
The Dismal Scientist
A wonderful collection of easily understood information about economics,
including definitions and data. A superb starting place for economics research,
especially for those who want to become familiar with the basic terms and
concepts of economics. This site includes a Dictionary
of Economic Terms where the terminology of the science of economics
is explained in a very readable and understandable format.
National Budget Simulation
This simple simulation should give you a better feel of the trade-offs
which citizens and policy makers will need to make to balance the budget.
This simulation asks you to cut the 1995 fiscal deficit in order to achieve
a balanced budget. In order to make the choices we face in the budget clearer,
we assume that you make the cuts all in one year. Use the pop-up menus
to increase or decrease as many of the budget items as you'd like. When
you're finished, click the button at the end of the document. There are
two versions of this program. The longer version gives more options.
Wall Street Research
An amazing collection of links and searchers related to stocks, bonds and
economics. A commercial site, but most of the data appears to be free,
including stock market data.
An extremely useful and comprehensive daily summary of data related to
stock exchanges, as well as other useful economic data.
The New York Stock Exchange
If you enjoy watching the stock ticker banner in action this is the place
to go. This Web site offers not only access to the NYSE but also investment
One of the major trading centers for stocks. Find out information about
the stocks that are traded here and on the American and New York Stock
Exchanges. Includes prices, graphs and charts of stock activity, plus other
vital stock market data.
A place to find out information about companies including stocks, reports,
industry snapshots, etc. Some services are available only to commercial
customers but much is available to the general public.
This is the Web site of the Cable News Network Financial Network. Has links
to much financial information including current stock market statistics.
"Edustock is an educational web page designed to teach young and old what
the stock market is, and how it can work for them." It includes tutorials
on the stock market and how to pick good stocks.
Education and the Economy: An Indicators Report
"Some attribute the loss of the nation's productivity advantage to what
they claim is the limited ability of the U.S. educational system to provide
students with the skills necessary to succeed in today's labor market.
However, factors other than education also affect productivity, and these
must be considered when comparing productivity, trends across countries."
This document from the National Center for Educational Statistics does
This page includes information on both for-profit and not-for-profit companies
and organizations, primarily in the U.S. but with strong emphasis on organizations
world-wide. (University of Kansas Business School)
Business Resources on the WWW
Links to information about businesses around the world. A great place to
start researching international companies. (Michigan State University Center
for International Business Education and Research)
This site allows you to find data on stocks. Click on a letter to view
company names that start with that letter. Click on a company name below
to view its current stock quote and one year chart.
EDGAR Database of
"EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system,
performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding
of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file
forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)."
The Annual Reports
"Since it's founding in 1983, The Annual Reports Library [in San Francisco]
has built a collection of over 1.45 million original reports (and proxies)
from corporations, foundations, banks, mutual funds and public institutions."
Annual reports are one of the main ways companies share information about
what and how they are doing.
Resources on the Web - http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/stats.html
This site offers a well organized collection of statistical data. Grouped
by major subject area: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Comprehensive
Subjects, Consumers, Cost-of-Living, Demographics, Economics, Education,
Energy, Environment, Finance, Foreign Government Data Sources, Foreign/International
Economics, Foreign Trade, Government Finances, Health, Housing, Labor,
Military Politics, Science, Sociology, Tourism, Transportation, and Weather.
(Univ. of Mich. Documents Center)
Business and Economy
Yahoo's links to the world of business. Includes links to Business libraries,
Business opportunities, Business schools, Chats and forums, Classifieds,
Companies, Consortia, Consumer advocacy and information, Consumer incentive
programs, Conventions and conferences, Cooperatives, Economics (see below),
Education, Electronic commerce, Employment and work, Ethics and responsibility,
Finance and investment, Free stuff, Global economy, History, Intellectual
property, Labor, Law, Magazines, Management science, Marketing and advertising,
News and media, Organizations, Quality standards, Real estate, Small business
information, Statistics and indicators, Taxes, Television, Trade, and Transportation.
Yahoo's links to all sites economic. Includes links to Accounting and auditing,
Agricultural economics, Calendars, Central banks, Commentaries, Conferences,
Currency, Economic policies and regulations, Economists, Education, Environmental
economics, Finance, Finance and investment, Game theory, Government, History,
Institutes, Journals, Libraries, Management science, Nobel Prize in Economic
Sciences, Organizations, Papers, Political economy, Poverty, Statistics
and indicators, and Utilitarianism.
Learn all "about" the global economy from this Web directory. Includes
links to: Annual Reports, Antitrust, Business Dictionaries, Company Directories,
Company Disclosures, Company Profiles, Country Resources, Currencies, Economic
Analysis, Etiquette, Export Assistance, Export/Import Software, Export/Import
Training, Free Trade, How to Export, Intellectual Property, Markets &
Exchanges, M&A, News: Magazines, News: Online, News: Regional, Think
Tanks, Top Companies, Trade Leads, Trade Policy, Trade Regulations, Trade
Shows, and Venture Capital.
This government agency is in charge of producing the coinage we use.
Lots of information related to patents and getting patents.
Articles from Idea Central, the virtual magazine of the electronic
policy network. Most of the articles are on the economics of Internet commerce.
Food Issues Resources on the Web
This Website includes just some of the sites around the world containing
information on hunger, population studies and food issues. Use these as
starting points for your research in these issues.
The Federal Reserve, the nation's central bank, has put together a Web
site which explores the banking system of the U.S. Links include: History
- important events before and after the Federal Reserve was formed; Banking
Supervision - the Federal Reserve as a bank regulator; Structure - the
organization of the Federal Reserve including the FOMC, Board of Governors
and Advisory Councils; Financial Services - The products and services provided
to your bank and the Treasury; and Monetary Policy - how the Federal Reserve
affects interest rates. There is also a page where you can quiz yourself
on Federal Reserve facts.
& County Reports and Analysis
Choose from 11 different types of geographies (cities, states, regions,
ZIP codes, etc.) and 11 different kinds of reports on various qualities
of the area selected. (Easy Analytic Software, Inc.).
This online "calculator" will allow you to calculate how much salary you
would need in order to equal that of another city, even in other countries.
From Homefair.com, an online real estate company. There is much more information
on the whole issue of relocating at this useful site.
This site enables you calculate the cost of living by using custom variables
(e.g. all items, food, medical care) and the entire U.S. or one of twenty
regions/cities, entering a dollar amount for a beginning year and obtaining
its value in another year. Beginning years vary but range from 1913 to
1976. For San Francisco Bay Area figures click here.
Metropolitan Areas and County Profiles
Basic statistics on people in cities and regions of the U.S. Just click
on a state, then narrow your search down to the area you want data about.
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Index of Watershed Indicators
Watersheds are those land areas bounded by ridge lines that catch rain
and snow, and drain to specific marshes, streams, rivers, lakes, or to
groundwater. This Index, maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, organizes and presents aquatic resource information on a watershed
basis. The area which includes Redwood High School is the San
Pablo Bay Watershed. Find companies that dispose of toxic waste in
Marin County and nationally from these links.
City Data Books
This resource provides WWW access to the electronic versions of the 1988
and 1994 County and City Data Books. You will need to check some boxes
to get the data for the area you are looking for. First specify data desired,
and ask for only California data, and submit. Then specify the city. (Geospatial
and Statistical Data Center. University of Virginia)
County Greenbelt Assessment
The Greenbelt Alliance, a Bay Area land conservation organization, assesses
how well we are preserving our "greenbelts," land which is set aside from
Price of Mobility
Uncovering the hidden costs of transportation: covers many factors related
to transportation as it affects the environment and humans. Includes topics
such as: energy, parking, congestion, air pollution, urban sprawl, etc.
From Solstice, an Internet site which promotes sustainability and renewable
A series of six articles from the Twin Cities (Minnesota)
"With crime and taxes topping citizen concerns, few feel urgent about urban
sprawl. But decisions being made now about sprawl are likely to affect
those issues, and many more, in major ways."
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