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October 8, 2009

ULM's CBER releases 2009 Factbook for Northeast Louisiana businesses and residents

The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Louisiana at Monroe has released the 2009 edition of its annual economic and demographic Factbook for Northeast Louisiana.

The Factbook is an outgrowth of discussions between ULM's College of Business Dean Ron Berry, Center For Business and Economic Research Director Robert Eisenstadt and several community leaders who offered suggestions as to how the CBER could best assist local economic development interests.

The Factbook is a comprehensive compendium of local and regional information broken down into four sections, including demographics; labor force data; business climate information; and quality of life measures.

Wherever possible, parish, regional, state and national averages are included over a five-year period for comparison purposes.

This fourth edition is the first to include results from the CBER's participation with the Council for Community and Economic Research in local area cost of living analysis, according to Eisenstadt.

"We are happy to make this service available, to provide the kind of assistance that an impartial arbiter such as the CBER can provide to regional and extra regional interests, and to help move our community forward as a better place to live and work," said Eisenstadt.

The Factbook is available on-line as a PDF document, as well as in interactive format at

The CBER acknowledges the invaluable assistance in this year's production by Zita Zalai, ULM Master of Business Administration candidate.

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