C2ER Quarterly – 2021 Summer Edition


2021 – Summer Edition

In This Issue:

  • State Incentive Program Trends: The Big Picture
  • C2ER Helps Economic Development Professionals Grow – Drew Conrad
  • 2022 Conference Dates and Location


State Incentive Program Trends:

The Big Picture

Research From Our Members

Development Counsellors International (DCI) – New Study: Pandemic Recovery: A View From Travel Media (Information required for free download)

George Washington Institute of Public Policy – New Directions for Non-Degree Credentialing Research

Metroplan – Little Rock Regional Economy in 2021

National League of Cities – Advancing Health and Equity Through Housing


C2ER is proud to put the spotlight on our long-time member, Drew Conrad. We encourage you to read Drew’s story below and join C2ER if you haven’t already to assist in your or your organization’s professional development.

If you have a professional development story of your own thanks to being a C2ER member and would like to share your story, please take 3-4 minutes to fill out this form.

Upcoming Trainings

Basic LMI Analyst Instructor Led Training

October 4, 6, 12, 13, 2021

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

This course provides novice labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to LMI and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain exposure to various workforce, demographic, and economic data sources. They will also apply basic analytical skills to answer real-world questions that policy-makers and practitioners encounter. 

Foundations of Economic Development Research I: Introduction to Data Sources

eLearning –

Can be taken any time

This three-hour self-paced eLearning course prepares novice economic development researchers to successfully guide regional development decisions through high-quality data. Completing this course will lay the groundwork for developing a regional economic profile, performing labor market analysis, conducting competitive market intelligence research, applying Census data to researching local employment, and presenting research findings.

CERP Webinars

CERP Presentation: Economic Development in Afghanistan (2001 – 2020):

Challenges and Opportunities

Member Only Webinar 

September 1, 2021

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

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.

Calling all Economic Development and Research Directors

Join us at the Business Retention + Growth Conference + Synchronist Users’ Forum 

Learn – Recharge – Stimulate – Connect 

The Business Retention + Growth Conference is a new, national event designed as a focused professional development opportunity economic development and business retention executives.

This conference is about maximizing the value of YOUR existing business program, business growth dynamics, best practices, and understanding the forces buffeting businesses today.

Highlights will include results from the new BR|E Benchmarking Summer Challenge – including data on business dynamics, COVID impacts, and community issues.


2022 Conference Dates and Location

The 2022 C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference & Forum will be held June 13 – 16, 2022! But where you ask!? If at first you don’t succeed try, try, again!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Renaissance Columbus Downtown in Columbus, OH! We had so much planned for you in 2020 and then….. well, you know. We will be re-visiting those plans and building on them to bring you a great in-person/hybrid event.

Add to your calendar and stay tuned for more details coming soon!

New C2ER Members

Since Last Quarter

C2ER would like to thank and welcome our new. 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.

  • Deer Park Public Library
  • ETaxBreaks
  • Marco Davis/Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
  • Western Washington University
  • Advantage Capital
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Town of Queen Creek, Arizona



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