C2ER Quarterly – 2023 Winter Edition ❄️


2023 – Winter Edition

In This Issue:

  • C2ER Chair Invitation to the C2ER Annual Conference
  • Pre-Recorded Community, Economic, and Workforce Research Award Presentations
  • C2ER Gives Members Some Slack
  • And much more!


You’re Invited

Laura Coleman, C2ER Chair, Statewide Director, California Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research

Dear C2ER Members, Partners, and Enthusiasts,

I am writing to invite you to attend the 63rd C2ER annual conference, the professional development event of the year for economic and workforce development researchers. This year the theme is “Creative Solutions for Transformational Change”, and we are eager to hear about how local and regional researchers are using data in innovative ways to tackle economic challenges.

At the conference you will have the opportunity to hear from industry-leading keynote speakers, attend popular/premier professional development courses, participate in Researchers’ Roundtables, and network with researchers from across the country. Additionally, we will be recognizing the outstanding work of our peers with the annual Community & Economic Research Awards and the prestigious Charles Benefield Award.

The conference is June 13 – 15th at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI. Preceding the conference on June 12th we will also offer an all-day training class, “Back 2 Basics: Excel for the Everyday Researcher’s Needs. I encourage you to take this opportunity to enhance your professional skills, meet and learn from conference attendees, and gain valuable insights into the latest developments in the field.

Don’t miss out on this exciting event! Register today and join us in Detroit as we explore new and innovative ways to drive transformational change in our communities.


Laura Coleman

C2ER Board Chair

Statewide Director, Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Resear

110 Days to the Conference

Registration to attend the 2023 C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference is outpacing pre-pandemic levels. We are looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces in Detroit! Be sure to register today. Our room block is filling up fast! 

Never Stop Learning

Back 2 Basics: Excel for the Everyday Researcher’s Needs

C2ER and LMI Institute is holding a single day training class on June 12th in Detroit, MI. 

As a researcher, one of the most important skills you need to develop is how to manage and analyze large data in the most effective way possible. In this session, you will review Excel basics and learn how a variety of built-in Microsoft Excel functions can be useful in manipulating data in previously unimaginable ways.

LEHD Webinar Series:

Benefits of Using Census Data to Recruit Students into Liberal Arts Programs

March 15, 2023

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Add to Calendar

Please note there is no registration for this webinar. 

The add to calendar feature will remind you when it’s about to begin. 

You can join the webinar up to 20 minutes early.

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.


Pre-Recorded Community, Economic, and Workforce Research Award Presentations


The C2ER Community, Economic, and Workforce Research Awards program recognizes and celebrates the significant contributions of research activities to the success of local, regional, or state community, economic, and workforce development initiatives. The program aims to increase the quality of applied research by identifying and honoring meritorious projects that demonstrate exceptional creativity and innovation. The first of our six pre-recorded award winner presentations have been released.

Every two weeks we will release a new presentation.

These winners have demonstrated exceptional performance in their research activities, making significant contributions to the development of their local communities, regions, and states. The program has become an important platform for promoting the diffusion of creative ideas and research activities, encouraging collaboration and inspiring researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders to work towards achieving shared goals. By recognizing and honoring the achievements of outstanding researchers and organizations, the C2ER Awards Program has helped to create a culture of excellence and encouraged continued efforts towards promoting economic, workforce, and community development.

USDOL Seeking Nominations for Workforce Information Advisory Council

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) is soliciting membership nominations for the Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC) across all eight membership categories. The WIAC is a Federal Advisory Committee created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Labor regarding the national, state, and local Labor Market Information (LMI) systems. C2ER members have been part of the council in the past and are an important voice. Please consider making a membership nomination from your state for one or more of the positions.

Deadline is February 27, 2023

Research/News From Our Members


C2ER Gives Members Some Slack

C2ER is excited to roll out a new member benefit! We have started a C2ER member only Slack platform. C2ER started beta testing Slack in 2022 and it proved to be very helpful to our volunteers. Slack gives easy access to fellow C2ER members — message anyone inside C2ER and collaborate just like you would in person. People can post in dedicated spaces called channels that bring together the right people and information.

The C2ER Slack channels are great places to communicate and network with fellow members, learn more about upcoming events, ask the community a question, post a job, share industry news and much more. Here is a short tutorial on the basics of Slack.

Joining is easy! Log into the C2ER member area and find the link to join the community, click is and sign up, and you are set!

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.

  • Adelphi Medical Staffing, LLC
  • Alabama Department of Commerce
  • American Electric Power Economic & Business Development
  • America’s Frontier Fund
  • Atlas Holdings
  • Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Buyer Advertising
  • Cash App
  • Equity Transwestern, LLC
  • Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Green Street
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Mason City Chamber of Commerce
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Nederveld, Inc.
  • Northern Kentucky Tri-ED
  • Old Colony Planning Council
  • Partnership Gwinnett
  • Premier Building Systems
  • University of California, Santa Barbara


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