C2ER Quarterly – 2021 Spring Edition


2021 – Spring Edition

In This Issue:

  • C2ER Issues Its First Merit Award
  • What Will Be the Next Slate of Data Science Programs for Workforce and Economic Developers?
  • 18 Days To The C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference


C2ER Issues Its First Merit Award

Over the past year one of the things we missed in the office were the “watercooler” conversations. It’s here we would talk and share, among other topics, cool content that we had seen. The downside of those moments was we couldn’t actually see what the person was talking about.

Well that changed in 2020 as we filled chats and emails with “Hey did you see this? It’s very cool”. It was one of those emails that led us to the idea of awarding content we discover, which brings us to the first of “Content That Makes Us Go WOW!

On May 18th C2ER presented its first Merit Award to Aaron Hill and Christianity Today for their work using data from the Cost of Living Index. As one of our subscribers, we are thankful for their partnership and truly impressed by the application of the COLI data and accompanying narrative that explained the benefits and limitations of the data. 

One of our favorite analogies used to describe how the data doesn’t measure inflation is COLI is kind of like a picture of boats on the sea. You can use the picture to calculate the relative height of boats but not whether the sea level is rising.”

Image: erhui1979 | Getty

Get noticed! If you have something cool to share with us click the button below and be recognized. Who knows maybe you will get the next C2ER Merit Award!

Research From Our Members


There May Be No Free Lunch, But We Do Have a Free eLearning (Up To 10 People)

C2ER is seeking 10 volunteers to participate in a moderated usability study for an eLearning course. You will be able to go at your own pace but must complete the two classes in four weeks. Participants also must be willing to participate in a 15 minute interview to share feedback on the class and their experience. All participants will receive a certificate for both classes completed. two

“Tell us What YOU Want!”

In the words of the Brit Pop quintet, the Spice Girls, “Tell us what you want, what you really, really want!

C2ER is currently planning its next slate of data science programs for workforce and economic developers and we want to know what you would prefer to have offered.

  • R Programming
  • Python
  • SQL Programming
  • Something else?

Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us in this TWO question poll.

We thank you for taking the time! Ziga-zig-ahhh

C2ER Events

Leadership in Research Workshop: Developing and Managing a Research Team

June 22 & 29; July 20 & 27;

August 10 & 24, 2021

2:30 – 4:30pm ET

This workshop brings directors and managers of economic and workforce development research together. Through facilitated discussions, scenario-based group exercises, and open peer-to-peer exchanges, participants will hone their skills in strategic planning, team management and development, and budgeting.

Don’t Forget!

Attending any of the the C2ER trainings or eLearning earns you points to apply toward your Certified Economic Research Professional (CERP) status.

Track your progress! Complete the certification checklist to see how many required points and core topics have been met. You can access the certification checklist here.


18 Days To The Conference!

Don’t miss out on THE professional development event of the year for economic and workforce development researchers!

Get registered today and join us for the 61st C2ER/LMI Institute (Virtual) Annual Conference: The Great Pivot: Reinvention for Recovery and Resilience, (June 7 – 11, 2021).

We are excited to bring you innovative and creative ways to deliver content, share ideas, network, and keep you engaged.

New Organizations That Joined or Upgraded Their Memberships in the Last Quarter

C2ER would like to thank and welcome our new and upgrading members. Membership matters and we look to continue to bring you the tools, data, and training you need to make your job easier and help you develop professionally.

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Credo CFOs and CPAs
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • ESRP
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Evergy-LOIS
  • i2i Management Firm
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • KeySource
  • Alabama Department of Commerce
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Kruze Consulting
  • Stambro Consulting LLC
  • Doug Ludlow
  • Greater San Marcos Partnership


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