C2ER Quarterly – 2023 Fall Edition 🍂



2023 – Fall Edition

In This Issue:

  • Registration Open for the 2024 C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference
  • June Conference Training Preview
  • C2ER Welcomes Its Newest CERP!
  • Just a Tube of Toothpaste or a Teller of Tumultuous Times?


Soft Launch!

64th C2ER Annual Conference & LMI Institute Annual Forum

June 12 – 14, 2024

Norfolk, VA

We are doing a soft registration launch for the 2024 C2ER and LMI Institute Annual Conference and Forum in Norfolk, VA.

Get a jump on the new year by registering now! The official conference launch is January 17th – more details will be provided then.

Unlock Your Potential in a Single Day! Join one of our intensive learning experiences designed to equip you with practical skills that you can immediately apply to your performance at work. From cutting-edge strategies to hands-on exercises, our expert-led training classes are crafted to ensure you leave with actionable insights and a toolkit of invaluable skills. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your professional game and make an instant impact.

Seating is limited and more details coming soon!

Foundations of Economic Development Research

Basic R Programming

Workforce Skill Gaps in Your Region

June 11, 2024

Norfolk, VA

June 11, 2024

Norfolk, VA

June 11, 2024

Norfolk, VA

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.

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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.

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Welcome To Our Newest Certified Economic Research Professional!

On November 3rd the CERP committee approved Jessica Worley of the Detroit Regional Partnership for her CERP certification. Jessica presented to C2ER membership on the “DRP Impact White Paper – Catalyzing Regional Success: The Impact DRP’s Economic Development as Measured by the Detroit Regional Dashboard.”

This was the last step in her certification process. Congratulations Jessica!

The Certified Economic Research Professional (CERP), is the industry standard for recognizing excellence in economic research and embodies the applied skills of economic, demographic, industry, and workforce analysis. CERPs undertake rigorous evaluation of their research experience and leadership to earn this designation. Find out more about the CERP program here and see how many points you may have already towards certification.

Research/News From Our Members

California Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research – Perkins V Comprehensive Regional Needs Assessment

North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis – Insights on Post-Prison Employment from the NC Reentry Outcome Reporting System

Smart Incentives – Aligning State and Local Incentives

Just a Tube of Toothpaste or a Teller of Tumultuous Times?

At the end of a long day, your thoughts might naturally drift towards saving on utility bills or dining expenses. Yet, as you squeeze out the final traces of toothpaste from the tube, you might not realize that even achieving a shiny smile can be a bit pricey. In an era of skyrocketing prices, it seems that inflation spares no good or service.

The Cost of Living Index (COLI) measures prices across six different categories: groceries, transportation, housing, healthcare, utilities, and miscellaneous goods and services. The price for a 6-6.4 oz tube of Crest or Colgate toothpaste resides within the miscellaneous category. According to the most recent COLI data, the average price of toothpaste significantly increased year-over-year by 45%, jumping from $2.71 to $3.92 in Q3 2023. Among the responsible for this rise, are notorious cities for their high cost of living, with San Francisco CA and New York City (Manhattan) NY reporting $4.99 and $4.70 respectively, followed by cities in Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. Meanwhile, a handful of Washington cities maintain the cheapest toothpaste priced at $2.44 —although still higher than the Q1 2022 average of $2.38. Read the full post here.


New and Renewing C2ER Members

Membership matters. We look to continue to bring you the tools, data, and training you need to make your job easier and help you develop professionally. C2ER would like to thank and welcome our new and renewed members from the past quarter.

  • Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Arizona State University
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Camoin Associates
  • City of Flagstaff, AZ
  • City of Franklin
  • City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department
  • Clarity
  • COE for Labor Market Research (Los Rios CCD)
  • Corporate Tax Incentives
  • Covert Defenses LLC
  • Economic Development Commission of Florida Spacecoast
  • Edmond Economic Development Authority
  • ElringKlinger USA Inc.
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Frederick County Office of Economic Development
  • FundingPortal
  • Gaston County EDC
  • GF Sports & Entertainment
  • Greenville ENC Alliance
  • Honest Hustle
  • Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness
  • Huntsville/Madison County Chamber
  • JAXUSA Partnership
  • Lehigh Valley Economic Development
  • MainStreet, San Jose, CA
  • Martin Marietta
  • Maryland Dept of Commerce
  • McGrath North Mullin & Kratz PC LLO
  • McKinsey and Company
  • Middle Tennessee State University Business and Economic Research Center
  • MoveBuddha
  • Muse Tax Inc.
  • Nebraska Dept of Economic Development
  • Nederveld, Inc.
  • New York City Human Resources Administration
  • North Dakota Department of Commerce
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Odessa Chamber of Commerce
  • Oswaldo Maxwell
  • Prince William County Department of Development Se
  • Public Sector Consultants
  • REDI Cincinnati
  • Research Triangle International
  • Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
  • Roanoke Regional Partnership
  • South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  • The Reid Group
  • Thrive BI
  • Trail Drive Management Corp
  • VotingWorks
  • Wake County Economic Development
  • Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

Not a C2ER member? Become one today. With customizable benefits to meet your research needs C2ER is THE premiere organization for economic and workforce development researchers!



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