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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 23

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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ELEVATING AMERICA

Profile AmericaSunday, March 23rd. The ingenuity of one man helped to change the very shape of America's cities — and indeed, those around the world. On this date in 1857 in New York City, Elisha Otis installed the first passenger safety elevator. His invention meant that riders were safe, even if the hoisting cable of an elevator broke. Within a short time, architects began to design increasingly taller buildings. And reversing centuries of practice, the elevator made the upper floors of a building more desirable for owners and renters than the lower ones. Making and installing elevators and escalators is a nearly $2.5 billion a year business for some 190 establishments in the U.S., providing jobs for more than 9,500 people. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.

Sources:  http://www.otisworldwide.com/d31-timeline.html 
http://www.columbiaelevator.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Elevator-History&category=Main 
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_31SP11&prodType=table  http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_31SG2&prodType=table NAICS 333921

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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