Research Matters – C2ER/LMI Institute January 11, 2024


January 11, 2024

Exciting News: C2ER’s 2024-2026 Goals and Strategies Are Now Available!

We are thrilled to share the first edition of our Bi-Weekly newsletter for 2024, and it comes with some exciting news – the C2ER Board of Directors has released its 2024-2026 Strategic Plan! The full details can be found here.

Thanks to your input and ongoing support, C2ER is well-positioned to make a significant impact on the future of economic and workforce development. Let’s make 2024 a year to remember!


📢 Call for COLI Data Collectors 📢

You probably know that C2ER’s Cost of Living Index, also known as COLI, is the #1 most trusted source for cost-of-living comparisons. But the only reason COLI is so successful is because of our dedicated team of volunteer data collectors.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a volunteer COLI data collector, please email Tyler Baines at to see if you qualify. Please send us a name or two today.

New data collectors get a 20% discount on C2ER membership! COLI helps C2ER, and C2ER is here to help you.

C2ER Discontinues Updates to Expenditures Database

Due to changes in our funding resources, C2ER will discontinue updating the State Expenditures Database. However, the existing historical data will still be available in the member area. If you are interested in adjusting your subscription benefits, which currently include access to this database, please contact Jennifer Gual at For a comprehensive overview of all member benefits, please visit our website here.

We appreciate your understanding and continued support.

News & Reports


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Our Events 

LEHD Webinar

Studying Workers’ Travel Patterns to Employment Centers Using Census Data

February 21, 2024

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET

C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference & Forum

Pre-Conference Trainings: June 11, 2024

Annual Conference: June 12 – 14, 2024

Norfolk, VA

eLearning Courses

Foundations of Economic Development Research I: Introduction to Data Sources

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Foundations of Economic Development Research II: Introduction to Regional Analysis Methods

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Basic LMI Analyst eLearning

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Industry Events

National Association of Counties

2024 NACo Legislative Conference

February 10 – 13, 2024

Washington, DC

National League of Cities

2024 Congressional City Conference

March 11 – 13, 2024

Washington, DC

National Skills Coalition

2024 Skills Summit

May 13 – 15, 2024

Washington, DC

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