Distressed Communities Index

The Economic Innovation Group has created a Distressed Communities Index that provides powerful insight into zip codes and counties across the United States.

The EIG website includes good mapping capabilities to allow users to zoom in on any zip code or county of interest for information on the educational attainment, housing vacancy, poverty rate, employment change, and other factors that EIG puts into their index.

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The BGSG at AAG 2016

The BGSG will have another full session roster at the upcoming AAG 2016 conference in San Francisco. Our sessions will include:

  • BGSG Keynote Session – Speaker: Warner de Gooijer of Cisco, discussing the application of geographic to solving supply chain issues in corporate America.
  • Careers Panel Session – Discussion of interest to students and those early in their careers
  • Panel Session – Location Intelligence Trends in the Contemporary Omni-channel Retail Marketplace
  • A Conversation with Ken Smith – Dr. Smith is former director of Area Analysis at JCPenney. His distinguished career has also included responsibilities at May Co. and Target. Dr. Smith’s interests in mentorship, career development, and the development of the business geography field mean that this session promises to be of great value to everyone interested in business applications of geography.

Other sessions will feature the latest research in business geography, as well as news about our discipline and our specialty group.

The final schedule for the conference will be out in late January or early February. Watch this site for schedule updates.

The BGSG at Applied Geography Conference 2015

If you’re in or near San Antonio, it will be worthwhile for you to check out the BGSG session lineup at AGC 2015 (Nov 4-7). The complete conference program is here, but of note are a few business geography sessions which include:

  1. Retail Strategy Perspectives (panel session organized by Dr. Ken Smith, former VP-Area Analysis at JCPenney, and featuring leading business geographers from Rent-a-Center, Panera, JCPenney, and Simon Property Group)
  2. Cross-Cutting Issues in Business and Education (hybrid paper and panel session featuring Esri’s Linda Peters and Joseph Kerski)
  3. Ethical Considerations in Location Intelligence (panel session featuring Larry Carlson, former VP with Target, Larry Joseph of West Marine, Brett Lucas of the City of Cheney, and Tony Hernandez of Ryerson University)
  4. Business geography research (paper sessions including a variety of business geography researchers from leading universities across North America)