C2ER Quarterly – 2024 Winter Edition ☃️


2024 – Winter Edition

In This Issue:

  • Register for the 2024 C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference in Norfolk, VA
  • C2ER Welcomes Its Newest Members!
  • Take Your Region to the Next Level with Pre-Conference Training
  • Build Equitable Pathways with Critical Workforce Data


C2ER Chair: Conference Invitation

Ahoy, C2ER Members, Partners, and Enthusiasts!

Set sail with us at the 64th Annual C2ER Conference in the Historic Port City of Norfolk, VA!

I invite you to join us from June 12-14 as we embark on a memorable voyage of discovery under the theme “Navigating Data for Economic Success“.

At this year’s conference, we will hear from exciting keynote speakers, engage with federal agency leaders, partake in Researchers’ Roundtables, and perhaps most importantly, mingle and network with fellow researchers.

The conference will also host three optional pre-conference training classes on June 11:

  • Mapping Workforce Skill Gaps in Your Region
  • Economic Development Research Foundations
  • Introduction to R Training: Data Science for Workforce and Economic Development Research

Furthermore, we’ll be presenting the coveted Community & Economic Research Awards and the esteemed Charles Benefield Award, honoring outstanding industry contributions.

Don’t miss this chance to sharpen your professional skills, forge valuable connections, and stay abreast of the latest industry trends. Anchors aweigh for an event you won’t want to miss.

See you there – or walk the plank!

Angela Ladetto – Chair

Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence & Research

Detroit Regional Partnership

Detroit, MI

New and Renewing C2ER Members

C2ER would like to thank and welcome our new and renewed members from the past quarter! We look forward to bringing you the tools, data, and training you need to make your job easier, help you develop professionally, and empower your region’s prosperity. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any suggestions or feedback.

  • Abundance Global LLC
  • Arlington Economic Development Corporation
  • Bain & Company
  • Beginly Health
  • Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C
  • Cirrus Advisors
  • ClearDefense Pest Control
  • EY (former member that rejoined)
  • FitBUX
  • Harpeth Hall School
  • incentAdvise, Inc.
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Leyton USA
  • Plus 5XP
  • Socially Determined
  • Tampa Bay Partnership

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!


Pre-Conference Training

Join your colleagues on June 11 for training before the conference kickoff. These courses will equip your team with the knowledge, insights, and cutting-edge strategies to keep your region competitive. You can also network with your peers in an intimate setting to boost your career. Check out each agenda below.

Addressing Workforce Skill Gaps in Your Region Training

June 11, 2024

Norfolk, VA

Basic R Programming : Data Science for Workforce and Economic Development Research

June 11, 2024

Norfolk, VA

Foundations of Economic Development Research

June 11, 2024

Norfolk, VA

Our Events

C2ER Webinar

Collaborative State & Local Policy Research with a Focus on the Impact of Local Business Incentives

February 27, 2024

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

eLearning Courses

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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C2ER Winter Video Series

C2ER is launching a winter video series that will explore the different products that are available to you as a member. Discover the story each dataset tells and how you can access them as part of your membership benefits. Each will showcase testimonials about why the tool is important to a practitioner and how users like you can use it!

Our first video covers the Cost of Living Index (COLI). This is a vital tool to understanding cost of living differentials across the U.S, featuring a testimonial from Brittany LaCour Deal, Director of Business Intelligence at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. New videos will be released every two weeks.


Hot Off The Press: COLI Annual

The Cost of Living Index Annual Average for 2023 was released on January 31st. Data is available for 296 areas. Check it out today by becoming a C2ER member or purchasing the issue on the COLI products page!

Research/News From Our Members

Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness – Bridging Data Disparities

Site Selectors GuildThe Potential and Limitations of AI in Site Selection 

Smart Incentives – Signaling Power of Incentives

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Consumer and Environmental Sciences – Rural Vitality in Northern and Central Illinois



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