The creator of this database and author of the report and appendices is Dr. Timothy J. Bartik, senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Bartik is a well-known expert in the field of local and regional economic development and the author of numerous publications on the subject, including Who Benefits from State and Local Economic Development Policies? (Upjohn Press 1991).

Dr. Bartik can be contacted at or at his office at 269-385-0433.

The press release announcing the database is linked below.