C2ER Quarterly – 2021 Fall Edition



2021 – Fall Edition

In This Issue:

  • C2ER Member Survey Results
  • Save the Date! Beginner R Training: Data Science for Workforce and Economic Development Research
  • C2ER Member Profile: Rafael Martinez

We Are Taking Time To Give Thanks

We are taking a holiday break for the Weekly Update. Next week there will not be an issue for the C2ER Weekly Update.

The Update will return on December 2nd.

From everyone at C2ER and the LMI Institute, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.


Our 2021 membership survey ended in the beginning of November with a 19% response rate. The results are broken up into four categories: satisfaction, usage, behaviors, and membership census. A special thank you to all those members who participated!

BR|E Benchmarking Challenge Results

This past summer C2ER member organizations along with Synchronist users conducted interviews with local business executives. The aim was to update benchmark information from business executives to better understand the implications of COVID on their business and community operations and growth. The BR|E Benchmarking Challenge infographic highlights some significant changes in business retention the new national benchmarks that provide a context for understanding local BR|E interview results. Click the image below to see the full infographic.

Research From Our Members

Pew Charitable Trusts – There Are More Jobs Than Jobless People in 42 States

Smart Incentives – Casting a Wide Net for Entrepreneur Support Programs

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – Wisconsin Tomorrow: Building an Economy for All


Upcoming Trainings

Foundations of Economic Development Research I:

Introduction to Data Sources

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.

Foundations of Economic Development Research II:

Introduction to Regional Analysis Methods

This three-hour, video-based course, the second of the Foundations of Economic Development Research eLearning program, provides novice economic developers and researchers with a practical introduction to research methods, models, and tools to support state and regional economic development strategies. Course exercises demonstrate and reinforce the basic analytical skills needed to address real-world questions that policymakers and practitioners encounter.

Save the Date!

Beginner R Training: Data Science for Workforce and Economic Development Research

The C2ER and LMI Institute training staff are finalizing details for the upcoming class, Beginner R Training: Data Science for Workforce and Economic Development Research. The class will run two hours a day Tuesdays and Thursdays (February 8, 10, 15, 22, 24, 2022).

Stay tuned for more information coming soon on our most demanded data science class!

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.

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!


This quarter the C2ER member spotlight is on Rafael Martinez from Grand Rapids, MI. We encourage you to check out Rafael’s story and take a look at all the member testimonial stories below and, (if you have not done so already), join C2ER to assist you or your organization with professional development.

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

New C2ER Members

Since Last Quarter

C2ER would like to thank and welcome our new 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.

  • Camoin Associates
  • Project Lead The Way
  • Greater Portland Inc
  • Oliver Wyman
  • University of Dayton
  • Spearhead Ventures LLC
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Support Local
  • Coursera
  • Nefeli Group LLC
  • Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service


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