C2ER Quarterly – 2022 Winter Edition



2022 – Winter Edition

In This Issue:

  • BR|E Benchmarking Challenge 2022
  • See You In Ohio!
  • C2ER Member Profile: Lesli Crofford


BR|E Benchmarking Challenge 2022

March 1 – May 15, 2022

Benchmarks are vital to our understanding of local issues. They provide context. CREC in association with C2ER, Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI), and the Synchronist User Community are continuing the national benchmarking project; with YOUR help. Our goal is to interview 2,000 primary (or ‘traded’) sector business executives to gauge the health of our most important community assets, primary sector businesses and the challenges they face.

We also seek to set national and, hopefully, regional benchmarks for critical issues we discuss in business retention. Issues like workforce, employment recovery, business growth, plans to expand, growth barriers, and community issues. 

Research From Our Members

Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Information – Perkins V Comprehensive Regional Needs Assessment San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges

Smart Incentives – Managing Megadeal Risks

University of Missouri – Missouri Economy Indicators: Post-High School Activities


Upcoming Events

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.

C2ER Webinar Presentation:

The C.U.R.E. to Inclusion, Starts with U

March 24, 2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Ruth Rathblott will share her CURE model for expanding diversity by focusing on inclusion and belonging; she will also share her own story of being born with a limb difference, hiding it for 25 years, and her path to unhiding.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore their own differences through personal reflection and engagement activities.

The C.U.R.E. model engages attendees on 4 dimensions:

  • Connection through courage and commitment
  • Understanding by uncovering those parts of ourselves that are different and creating safe places for conversation about difference
  • Representation by making sure all voices are recognized and have a seat at the table
  • Empathy to create a healthy workplace


Ruth Rathblott, DEI Speaker & Nonprofit Leader

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.

See You In Ohio!

The 2022 C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference & Forum will be held June 13 – 16, 2022!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Renaissance Columbus Downtown in Columbus, OH! Take a look at the agenda and register today!


This quarter the C2ER member spotlight is on Lesli Crofford from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. We encourage you to check out Lesli’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.

  • Arlington County Government
  • Big-D Construction
  • Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
  • City of Flagstaff
  • Curated Growth
  • Element Three
  • Georgia Tech, Enterprise Innovation Institute
  • Greater Wichita Partnership
  • Incentives Program Management
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 520
  • JHE, LLC
  • John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research at Kean
  • Kansas Legislative Division Post Audit
  • Michigan Biosciences Industry Association
  • Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Paragon Capital Group LLC
  • Plural Strategy
  • Richard Schumacher/STLCC WSG
  • Sulphur Springs- Hopkins County EDC


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