C2ER Quarterly – 2022 Fall Edition



2022 – Fall Edition

In This Issue:

  • Incentivizing Equity
  • Call for Nominations: Community, Economic, and Workforce Research Awards 2023
  • 2023 Annual Conference Details
  • C2ER Member Profile: Akofa Dossou


We are taking a Thanksgiving holiday break.

Next week there will not be an issue for the C2ER Bi-weekly Update.

The Update will return on December 1st.

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


Incentivizing Equity

There has been increasing support for expanding diversity, improving equity, and overall growing inclusion throughout the United States. With the conclusion of the State Business Incentives Database summer update, we can review current trends in programs supporting this movement. Moreover, we can further categorize how these programs interact with disadvantaged communities. Some programs, such as Connecticut’s Minority Business Revolving Loan Fund, specifically cater only towards minority, women, and disabled populations. Others, like Colorado’s Energize Colorado Gap Fund, give priority when applying for the differing types of incentives to disadvantaged populations.

Nomination Season is Now Open

Community, Economic, and Workforce Research Awards 2023

The C2ER awards program recognizes the contribution of creative research activities that benefit local, regional, or state community, economic, and workforce development initiatives.


All C2ER and LMI Institute members are eligible. The nominated organization must play a coordinating or leading role in the nominated project. Project must have been started or ongoing within the last two years.

Award Categories:

  • Nominations should respond to at least one of the following criteria of research activities:
  • Supporting business, economic, and workforce development activities
  • Data collection, dissemination, or visualization projects
  • Impact, program evaluation, or assessments
  • Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Fostering collaborative community/regional initiatives
  • Projects or policy analysis supporting federal, state, or local initiatives, such as pandemic recovery

Award Application: 

Applicants must submit a summary describing the project’s goals, objectives, and innovation. Alternative formats including videos, websites, and interactive dashboards are encouraged.

Research/News From Our Members


Save The Date

2023 C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference

June 12 – 15, 2023

Detroit, MI

Mark your calendars we are taking the conference back on the road and this time to Detroit. It has been 20 years since we were in Motown, AKA Motor City. Details will be coming soon so add this not-to-be-missed event to your calendar today!

C2ER Member Only Webinar

CERP Presentation: Regional Sector Dossiers – Developing Annual FAQs for Multiple Audiences

December 1, 2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Don’t Forget!

Attending any of the the C2ER conference, 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.

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.


Member Spotlight

New C2ER Members

Since Last Quarter

C2ER would like to thank and welcome our new and renewing 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.

  • Cubit Planning
  • Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
  • Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater San Marcos Partnership
  • Super Deal Auto Group LLC
  • Edmond Economic Development Authority
  • Pasco EDC
  • Capstone
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • Roanoke Regional Partnership
  • IAFF Local 2800
  • Applied Analysis
  • First Fed
  • JCC Association of North America
  • Reality SF


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