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My name is John Stapleford. I am the President of Econ First, which publishes this digital economic intelligence report. We provide world-class, commercial grade reporting and analysis that applied economic intelligence for business success, specializing in a solution-oriented approach.
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ECON First believes that business success centers around knowing the economic and demographic characteristics of each unique primary market area. While business experience, insights and intuition are important, they are substantially advanced by hard data. Economists have long be aware that concentrations of related industries—known as “clusters” – arise in particular locations due to backward and forward linkages among businesses and positive externalities. A typical backward linkage is the development of a strong IT industry in locations where there is a thriving aerospace industry. Positive externalities arise when there are significant agglomerations of similar businesses with similar...read more
ECON First believes that business success centers around the businesses knowing the economic and demographic characteristics of their primary market area. While business experience, insights and intuition are essential, they are substantially advanced by hard data. ECON First is often asked to evaluate a primary market area (PMA) to determine if there is sufficient excess demand to support entry of a new establishment. ECON First uses a straight-forward demand/supply framework to perform such an evaluation. This is demonstrated most clearly by reviewing a recent analysis completed by ECON First. IS THERE ROOM FOR ANOTHER LIQOUR STORE? The developer of a new local shopping center asked...read more
The Stapleford Report is published by Econ First is, a Delaware-based economic consultation firm. We put economics first to provide intelligent and actionable analysis and consultation for business purposes. ECON First offers Consulting Services to individual businesses who wish to have more in-depth analysis that extends beyond the standard primary market area assessment. The analyses combine ECON First‘s in-depth and unsurpassed knowledge of a region’s economy and industry specific knowledge and data.