Research Matters – C2ER/LMI Institute February 10, 2022


February 10, 2022


Available Now: 2021 Annual Average Cost of Living Index

C2ER is happy to share the release of the 2021 Annual Average Cost of Living Index. The quarterly publication is available to C2ER members in the member area and available for purchase in the COLI store.

BR|E Benchmarking Challenge 2022

When we talk to employers about plans to expand, workforce, or barriers to growth, their direct answers only give a flavor for the situation in our community. True context for their responses is only available when a benchmark creates a meaningful point of comparison. The comparison tells us if our community is better than, on par with, or at a disadvantage to other communities.

The goal of the Benchmarking Challenge is 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.

These 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.

By participating in this unique – time-limited national BR|E project you will gain access to the full benchmarking report.

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Initial Impact of COVID-19 on Travel, Tourism, Outdoor Recreation Varied Widely Across States and Demographic Groups

February 16, 2022

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LMI Institute Webinar

State Trends and Indiana’s Experiences on Enhanced Wage Records

February 24, 2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

C2ER/LMI Institute Monthly Series

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

March 24, 2022

2:00 PM3:00 PM ET

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February 15 – 17, 2021 

American Council on Education Conference

ACE2022: Together We Can

March 5 – 7, 2022

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National Association of Development Organizations

2022 NADO and DDAA Washington Conference

March 13 16, 2022

Arlington, VA

Council of Development Finance Agencies

Intro Revolving Loan Fund Web Course

March 28 – 29, 2022

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April 11 – 14, 2022 


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