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  1. Resources Help Identify Fall Foliage Hotspots

  2. State, Corporate Sponsors to Create Green Welcome to Indy

  3. State Department Wants Your Foreign Policy Feedback

  4. Blogs Offer Latest National Commerce Information

Census Products Explain American Comm. Survey

Are you new to the American Community Survey? As a part of the Census Bureau’s Compass Products, the series of print and electronic resources that help you learn about the benefits and uses of the ACS, the Bureau has released an online tutorial, available here. It takes about an hour to complete. By the finish, you will know about Title 13, how and when data is collected annually, how to access data via American FactFinder, and more. Check it out!

Indiana Insider Keeps You on Top of Statewide Events

Indianapolis will be welcoming more visitors this weekend with the Circle City Classic Game and parade.  People from many states will be here to enjoy the sounds, sights, and festivities. You can help your friends, family, and patrons be informed with the Indiana Insider blog.  This blog has information on places to go, things to do, and food & drink across Indiana.  Whether you’re here for the Classic or just want to try something new, there’s something interesting for everyone and for every budget.

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Resources Help Identify Fall Foliage Hotspots

Visit Indiana: Leaf CamIt’s October! With Autumn fully upon us now, it’s time to take a look at the Fall colors. If you don’t quite know where to go, make sure to check out the U.S. Forest Service website. Their list of National Forest Fall Foliage Hotspots is a great guide to areas around the country that are especially known for their leaves. Indiana made it on the list, with a profile of the Hoosier National Forest. However, if you feel like venturing out to get your Fall foliage fix, there are opportunities in Georgia, Minnesota, and even New Mexico. Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service’s Regional Fall Foliage sites are profiled. Here, you can look for sites by Region – Indiana is in the Eastern Region. Be sure to check out some of the photos from last year or read the latest Fall Color Report. Of course, if you’re looking for Fall foliage that isn’t at a national park, the Leaf Cam is a great place to visit! There are cameras located at several parks around the state, including Brown County and Spring Mill State Park. The colors haven’t changed too much yet, but we all know it’s coming! Whether you want to go in-state or out-, or even just enjoy the foliage from your computer, these government resources are a great place to start.

State, Corporate Partners to Create Green Welcome to Indy

A Greener Welcome to Indy ProjectWhat happens when the Indiana Department of Transportation , Eli Lilly, and other corporate partners join together? You get a Greener Welcome. On October 7th, INDOT, Eli Lilly, and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will work together to landscape and enhance interchanges that form the western gateway to urban Indianapolis. The project hopes to achieve environmental, economic, and cultural benefits. Their plan is to transform the open spaces within highway interchanges from trash and weeds to ‘living green spaces’.  In addition to clean, green space, be on the lookout for various contemporary structures along some of the highway interchanges such as the ones on the I-70/ Holt Road Interchange. You can keep track of this project by viewing the news and maps and fact sheets sections of their website, which will answer most questions about this project. Enjoy a greener welcome to Indianapolis!

State Department Wants Your Foreign Policy Feedback

U.S. Department of StateIf you or your patrons are interested in foreign policy and have ideas on how it could be better conducted, you may be interested in Opinion Space 2.0 from the U.S. Department of State. Opinion Space is an interactive forum that places you on a global opinion map. After answering a series of questions about topics related to foreign policy – one question asks about the relationship between climate change and global security – the site places you on the “map” based on your answers. People answering similarly to you are placed near you and those who didn’t are far away. You can read other people’s responses and rate them. Questions are divided into different themes such as nuclear proliferation and a discussion of ideas for Secretary Clinton.

Blogs Offer Latest National Commerce Information

Federal Commerce BlogsWhat’s important about the latest American Community Survey (ACS) estimates released Tuesday? Take a look at Random Samplings, the new official blog of the U.S. Census Bureau, to find out more. For one thing, the blog tells us that ACS data shows the lowest and highest rents paid in the U.S. in 2009 – a popular topic in the wake of the recent U.S. recession. Many people are also asking when data from the 2010 Census will be available. If you read the latest entry of Dr. Robert Groves’ 2010 Census Director’s Blog on the Census Bureau’s website, he explains the difference between data that is being released soon via the Census Bureau which is not 2010 Census data, and data that will be released that is 2010 Census data. The Census Bureau is one of many federal government departments under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which has its own series of blogs. The far-reaching Commerce Blog is located on the Commerce Department’s main webpage. On the right sidebar, under “Other Commerce Blogs,” you’ll find links to the Foreign Trade Division’s Global Reach blog, the Minority Business Development Agency’s Minority Biz blog, Tradeology – the official blog of the International Trade Administration, and others. You’ll also find links to separate blog categories to filter your own reading by certain federal departments and offices.

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