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  • Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) Tool - a product of the Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration, provides manufacturers with the top reasons for investing and sourcing in the United States.  With its analytic framework, links to public and private resources, and case studies, ACE is now available to help businesses assess total costs more accurately and enable informed decision-making.
  • Cluster Mapping Tool - The Project aims to provide policymakers and development practitioners across America with the data and tools for assessing regional cluster strengths, business environment characteristics, and innovation assets; with case studies on and toolkits for formulating development strategies; and with a directory profiling active cluster initiatives throughout the country.
  • Data.gov Manufacturing Portal - a collection of manufacturing-related government data.  Look for the US Trade Overview Presentation, Korus Industry-by-Industry factsheet and FTZ Manufacturing Database.
  • International Trade Administration (ITA) Databases - This query of the Data.gov portal displays DOC's ITA databases.  Look for TradeStats Express, Exporter Database, State Imports, Metropolitan Export Series, FTZ Board Federal Register Notices and US Top Trade Partners for some of the most useful databases.
  • National Atlas (USA) - Create your own customized map views of the United States and each state with parameters pulled from the following categories:  Agriculture, Biology, Boundaries, Climate, Environment, Geology, Government, History, Map Reference, People, Transportation, and Water.
  • SizeUp - A business intelligence tool that uses data from hundreds of sources including the Census Bureau, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, IRS records, county courthouse filings, Yellow Pages and White Pages, business publications, the U.S. Postal Service, and corporate annual reports to provide a comprehensive overview to small- and medium-sized  business about their competitiveness and where to find resources to improve.  First Place Winner in Commerce Business Apps Challenge
  • ZoomProspector.com - A website that provides a way for new and expanding businesses to find, compare and deeply analyze communities and available properties nationwide.  The map-based search can greatly simplify and speed up the site selection process, freeing companies to be able to quickly and accurately make informed decisions based on numerous data sets including demographic, business, transportation, and property information unavailable in any other single website. They used data from the Census Bureau, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Second Place Winner in Commerce Business Apps Challenge