Mapping a nation of regional clusters
Are you trying to determine a strategy for your organization, region, or industry? Then follow our Economic Developer path.
Are you hoping to effect change in the economic landscape through federal, state, or local government policy choices? Then follow our Policymaker path.
Are you interested in learning more about clusters and conducting action-oriented research? Then follow our Academic or Researcher path.
Are you looking into the economic competitiveness of a region through the lens of the private sector? Then follow our Private Sector path.
A cluster is a regional concentration of related industries that arise out of the various types of linkages or externalities that span across industries in a particular location. The U.S. Benchmark Cluster Definitions are designed to enable systemic comparison across regions. View and compare clusters across the U.S.
How do I compare different clusters on a national level?
How do I find my region’s strongest cluster(s)?
How do I identify which cluster my industry belongs in?
How do I compare local vs traded clusters?
Are there overlaps between the clusters?
A region is broadly defined as a county, economic area (EA), metro/micropolitan statistical area (MSA), or state. The U.S. Benchmark Cluster Definitions use the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis defined economic areas. View and compare regions across the U.S.
How do I compare different regions?
How do I build a region to meet my needs?
How is my region doing, especially in comparison to its peer regions?
How do I find subregions related to my region?
How do I use the map view to visualize economic data across the country?
The Community of Practice enables practitioners to share Resources, post Blogs, and find partner Organizations. View and contribute content of interest to the cluster based economic development community.
This Brookings blog post reveals how the Obama Administration’s small matching grants for several dozen regional cluster initiatives around the country are beginning to catalyze noticeable national economic development.