March 2018 PolicyMap Update

LIHTC Data and Affordable Housing

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) provides incentives for the development of new affordable housing. But the affordability requirements expire, sometimes after 15, sometimes after 30 years. If you know where these credits are set to expire, you can take measures to deal with the impacts. Read more on our blog.

My Saved Work Gets an Upgrade

The interface that lets users save their PolicyMap work just got a nice upgrade. Maps, tables, reports, custom regions, uploaded data, and more can now be accessed from a cleaner, faster, and more capable “My Saved Work” window. You can now save different kinds of work (like maps, tables, and reports) in combined project folders, to keep your project better organized. Read more on our blog.

Updated Data

New Blog Posts

  • Occupation Data vs. Industry Data
    Occupation data and industry data both can tell you a lot about an area’s economy, but they show distinctly different things. With data from the Census’s ACS and County Business Patterns, and BLS’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, there’s plenty of data to compare.
  • Opportunity Zones and PolicyMap
    PolicyMap can be used to help designate Opportunity Zones, a new economic development program introduced with the recent tax bill. NMTC-eligibility can be combined with other indicators to see which areas will benefit most.