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This issue of Review of Applied Urban Research features "Economic Indicators for the Midcontinent Metropolitan Areas, 1977."

Socio-economic data have long been important planning tools for policy makers, businessmen and investors. Since 1973, the Center for Applied Urban Research, with the cooperation of the Economic Development Council of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, has compiled and published quarterly data to assist readers in assessing the economic vitality of the Omaha area. In 1975, these quarterly indicators were expanded to include 25 metropolitan areas located in the eleven-state Midcontinent Region. Another revision occurred in 1977 when the Omaha subareas were redefined to better monitor Omaha's westward expansion. All data presented in this report were obtained from Federal, State and local agency sources and represent the latest revised figures.1