Archive for the ‘communities’ Category

AK: Plans Library

February 2, 2009

Government at all levels involves a lot of planning. In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, unadvertised municipal plans were kept in locked basements that were only open to the public a few hours a month. Fortunately in the age of the internet, plans are easier to find. Just look at Today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

  • Plans Library– From the website, “The Library contains a wide assortment of plans submitted to the Division of Community & Regional Affairs (DCRA) by communities, agencies and contractors. The database contains Community Plans, Comprehensive Plans, Economic Development Plans, and Strategic Plans among many more general and project related plans (such as Water Waste Plans, Relocation Plans etc).”

Aside from being worthwhile documents in themselves (check out a few if you don’t believe me), plans are a valuable source of local history. Communities that have never had their local history set down in book form often have several pages worth of local history in plans. There are also often descriptions of current local conditions and lists of leading people and organizations in the community. Plans are useful to the historian and sociologist as well as to the community planner. Go check them out.

The Alaska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.

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IL: Just the Facts

January 22, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Illinois:

Illinois Facts – Search for business and quality of life information about Illinois. Areas that can be searched include agriculture, energy and recycling, film, industry, taxes, technology, and transportation.

The Illinois page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States project is currently without a volunteer. If you have good knowledge of Illinois state government and would like to expand and maintain this page, please contact Daniel Cornwall, project coordinator at dnlcornwall “AT” alaska.net.

For more databases from more states, please see State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States.

CO: Labor Market Information

January 8, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Colorado:

LMI Gateway – a portal for labor market information from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Links lead to several databases including job listings, education and training providers, labor market information, and economic and demographic data.

The Colorado page of State Agency Databases Across the 50 States is maintained by Samantha Hager.

For more databases from more states, please visit State Agency Databases Across the 50 States.

AR: Community Profiles

January 4, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Arkansas:

Arkansas community profiles You can learn about many of Arkansas’ beautiful communities and the counties or even the regions in which they are located. If you know the name of the community, you can search by name, or even part of a name. They are also indexed alphabetically – or you can look at a list of all of them. Finally, if you would like a group of communities within a certain population requirement, please search by population.

Here is a sample profile record:

Community Profiles – Arkadelphia

Clark County, AR


Location

Arkadelphia in Clark County is in the southwest region of the state.

Population
City 10,912
County 23,546
Metro 0
Source: U.S. Census, 2000
Rate Based Milage and Direction to Major Cities
Atlanta 603 Miles E
Chicago 714 Miles NE
Dallas 256 Miles SW
Little Rock 67 Miles NE
Memphis 210 Miles NE
New Orleans 355 Miles SE
New York 1380 Miles NE
St. Louis 425 Miles NE
Tulsa 257 Miles NW

Community Services

Government – City Manager

Planning and Zoning – Yes

Medical
Hospitals: 1
Beds: 57
Physicians and Surgeons: 16
Clinics: 7
There are 47 physician/surgeons with hospital privileges.

Police Protection
Number of Officers: 19
Equipment: 8
Fire Protection
Number of Paid Fire Fighters: 9
Number of Volunteer Fire Fighters: 21
Equipment: 5
Fire Insurance Rating: 5


Transportation

Rail

  • Mainline – Union Pacific System
Days Transit Time To:
Chicago 2
Dallas 1
Kansas City 2
Los Angeles 5
New York 3
St. Louis 2

Motor Freight Carriers
There are approximately eight motor freight carriers that service the Arkadelphia area.

Days Transit Time To:
Chicago 2
Dallas 1
Kansas City 2
Los Angeles 5
New York 3
St. Louis 2

Airport Facilities
Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field, runway length-5,000 feet, paved surface, lighted, high intensity approach

Navigable Waterways
Camden, 51 miles

Highways

  • Interstate 30
  • State 128
  • State 26
  • State 51
  • State 7
  • State 8
  • U.S. 67

Utilities

Water
Municipal

Source:
Storage Capacity: 4,300,000
Pumping Capacity: 7,345,000
Peak Consumption: 4,990,000
Surplus Capacity: 3,044,000
Telephone

  • AT&T

Sewer System
Capacity: 6,000,000
Peak Sewer Treatment: 3,800,000
Surplus Capacity: 2,200,000
Electricity

  • Entergy Corporation
  • South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative

Transmission Voltages: 115,000
City Primary Voltages: 13,800
Service Voltages Available: 110 – 220 – 480

Natural Gas

CenterPoint Energy
Source: Integrated system
Heat Value: 1,000


Quality of Life

Climate
Mean daily maximum temperature 76
Mean daily minimum temperature 54
Normal humidity (mean daily noontime) 57
Normal humidity (mean daily midday) 77

Recreational Facilities
The city owns and operates a $3 million “Aquatic Park”, a state of the art recreation facility, nine public parks including a skateboard park, two 18-hole golf courses, three public gyms and an 80-acre youth sports complex. Feaster Trail, designated as a national trail by the U.S. Department of Interior and the Arkansas State Parks Department, is an asphalt municipal walking, jogging, or biking trail running about 2 and 7/10 miles across the city. The universities have indoor Olympic pools, river tubing, kayaking and canoeing.

Hunting, Fishing, Boating, and Camping

  • Caddo River
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park
  • Daisy State Park
  • Degray Lake Resort State Park
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Lake Catherine
  • Lake Greeson
  • Lake Hamilton
  • Lake Ouachita
  • Ouachita National Forest
  • Ouachita River

Social and Cultural Opportunities

  • Arkadelphia Country Club
  • Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway
  • Arkansas Storytelling Festival (Bismarck)
  • Civil War Weekend (Degray Lake State Park)
  • Clark County Arts & Humanities Council
  • Club Arkadelphia Runners
  • Festival of Two Rivers
  • Henderson State University
  • Joint Educational Consortium
  • Ouachita Baptist University

Education

Universities

Name
Henderson State University
Enrollment
3664
Degrees Offered
A;B;M
Degrees Awarded
526
Location
Arkadelphia
Driving Distance
N/A
Name
Ouachita Baptist University
Enrollment
1462
Degrees Offered
B;M
Degrees Awarded
313
Location
Arkadelphia
Driving Distance
N/A

Colleges

Name
National Park Community College
Enrollment
2900
Degrees Offered
A
Degrees Awarded
403
Location
Hot Springs
Driving Distance
36
Name
Ouachita Technical College
Enrollment
1451
Degrees Offered
A
Degrees Awarded
267
Location
Malvern
Driving Distance
22
Name
Southern Arkansas University-Tech
Enrollment
2337
Degrees Offered
A
Degrees Awarded
525
Location
Camden
Driving Distance
51
Name
UA Community College-Hope
Enrollment
1120
Degrees Offered
A
Degrees Awarded
294
Location
Hope
Driving Distance
45

The public school system is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

*A = Associate; B = Bachelor; J = Juris Doctorate; M = Masters; P = Ph.D.; S = Specialist; T = Technical Certificate

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The Arkansas page of the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Mary Brewer.

For more databases from more states, please see State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States.

SDOTD 8/21/2007 – GA: Community Demographics

August 22, 2007

Today’s State Database of the Day comes to us from Georgia:

Georgia – Individual Community Profiles – Searchable by year (1998-) and county or city. Information includes demographic information and health and civic participation indicators.

Here is a sample record from the database:

CONDITION / INDICATOR

Abbeville Wilcox Georgia US
DEMOGRAPHIC
Population 2,471 8,721 9,363,941 299,398,484
Population growth rate 7.5% 1.7% 11.6% 5.4%
Percent of population over age 65 23.0% 13.5% 9.6% 12.4%
Percent of population under age 18 12.1% 22.8% 29.5% 28.6%
Percent people of all ages in poverty 24.0% 13.7% 12.7%
ECONOMIC
Per capita income $21,103 $29,782 $33,050
Employment growth -0.5% 6.1%
Unemployment rate 6.5% 5.3% 5.1%
Job Tax Credit tier 1
Total deposits per capita $15,906 $17,468 $18,052
FISCAL
Net digest per capita (x)
Millage rate
Long-term debt per capita $227 $21 (x)
Fiscal capacity index 26 63
Fiscal effort index 26 78
EDUCATION
Adults with at least high school diploma 69.5% 68.2% 78.6% 80.4%
Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree 4.2% 7.0% 24.3% 24.4%
HEALTH
Infant mortality rate 0.0 8.0
Physician rate per 10,000 (x)
Nursing home beds per 100 23.3 4.2
SOCIAL
Crime rate per 1,000 -11.4 (x)
Child abuse and neglect rate 11.8 11.5
Teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 77.2 67.0
ENVIRONMENTAL
Air quality attainment
Toxic release (pounds) (x) 122,581,272
CIVIC PARTICIPATION
Homeownership rate 67.5% 66.2%
Voter participation 2004 election. 73.0% 78.1%
Voter participation 2006 election. 55.0% (x)
GENERAL EXPENDITURES
Per capita general expenditures $175 $367 (x)
Public safety expenditures as percentage of general expenditures 0.4% 0.3% (x)
Courts expenditures as percentage of general expenditures 0.0% 0.1% (x)
Health and human services expenditures as percentage of general expenditures 0.0% 0.0% (x)

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry