C2ER 2016 – 2017 Board Announcement
Deidre Myers Begins Term as Chair of the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)
Arlington VA – Deidre Myers, Principal of the Myers Group, LLC, was elected chair of the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for a term beginning July 2016 through June 2017.
Myers is the co-owner and principal of The Myers Group, LLC which provides professional consulting services to industry, non-profit and public organizations. She specializes in economic, community and workforce analysis.
Deidre Myers previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development, heading the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development. The Office managed and administered the Department of Labor WIOA funds for the state of Oklahoma, advised and supported the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development, and led numerous statewide initiatives to grow and upskill the state’s workforce. Myers also managed state economic and community development programs; directed a national project for the Corporation for National and Community Service; administered the state of Massachusetts AmeriCorps program; and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.
Myers is a certified community researcher and completed her undergraduate studies in History, Religion and French at Oklahoma State University and her graduate work at the University of Oklahoma in Economics and Public Policy.
Other C2ER officers for 2016 – 2017 include:
George Harben, Director of Existing Business, Prince William County Department of Economic Development, Manassas, VA
Jennifer Zeller, Manager, Research, Engineering and Creative Services, Georgia Power Community and Economic Development, Atlanta, GA
Alan Spell, Economic & Workforce Research Manager, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Jefferson City, MO
Immediate Past Chair
Drew Conrad, Director, Institute for Decision Making, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Newly Elected C2ER board members whose terms expire in 2019 include:
Bob Ball, Economist/ Director of Research, Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa, OK
Denise Hanna, Market Research Manager, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Little Rock, AR
Jason Palmer, Director, Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives, Detroit, MI
Carol Rogers, Deputy Director + CIO, Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
C2ER was created in 1961 as a membership organization to promote excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods. The organization is highly regarded for its research, professional training, networking, and advocacy on behalf of public statistics