5 Reasons YOU Should Be Attending the C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference


Here are 5 reasons YOU should attend our annual conference

Hybrid Edition


Location, Location, Location

In person – Columbus, OH

At home – Virtual

Columbus, OH is a city that prides itself on innovation in both technology and art. Conference attendees will be able to go on Offsite Learning Labs (stay tuned) throughout the city to sample the best of what Columbus has to offer!

From the comfort of.. wherever you’d like, take advantage of the convenience of our virtual conference option. You’ll be able to access the content with more flexibility!


Influence the Membership and Products You Rely on

Attend our Cost of Living Index Update and Planning meeting to hear the latest innovations in the collection of COLI data.

Whether in the Whova app or speaking to our stakeholders in person, we are listening to your feedback regarding our memberships and data products. Help us help you get the most out of your membership!


Stay on Top of Research Trends

We pride ourselves on the fact that our speakers and well renowned in the field of economic development and and workforce research. We have an array of topics being covered from the latest research in the industry.

Tracks on the Agenda:

  • Equity
  • Workforce
  • Data tools
  • Economic development
  • Future of work
  • High frequency data
  • Business retention & growth


Professional Development

Whether you’re in person or virtual, the annual conference is loaded with professional development opportunities including a look into data driven economic and workforce research topics, and even an included skill building workshop on data equity!



In person


This is our first in person conference since 2019 and so many of our economic development/workforce research professionals are eager to see each other in person!

We have scheduled many networking breaks, lunches, breakfast, and roundtables. Additionally, you’ll be able to network with all attendees (virtual included) on our Whova platform.

With the help of our Whova platform, we allow all attendees (in person or virtual) to network during the conference. Many of our attendees enjoy the pace of a virtual platform, so you’ll be far from alone!

Register Today!