Research Matters – C2ER/LMI Institute July 2, 2024


July 2, 2024

In This Issue

  • Feature
  • News & Reports
  • Data Visualization
  • Careers
  • Key Events & Courses


In the previous email, we regretfully omitted the enormous contributions that the California Employment Development Department and the California Centers of Excellence continues to make to the C2ER / LMI Institute network. We deeply regret the error.

The Baton Has Been Passed! We Are Headed to Sacramento in 2025!

On the left, Barbara Blake from Old Dominion University and co-chair of the 2024 C2ER Conference & LMI Institute Forum, is handing off a ceremonial baton to Muhammad Akhtar, Chief of California LMID and co-chair of the 2025 Conference & Forum. On the right, Blake is handing the baton to Laura Coleman, Statewide Director of California Centers of Excellence and the other 2025 Conference & Forum co-chair.

You have probably already heard the exciting news: the 65th annual C2ER Conference and LMI Institute Forum will be held in Sacramento, CA from May 28-30! This is the first west coast conference in 10 years, so we are really looking forward to this one. Save the date!

SBA Announces New Solicitation to Expand Funding for

Regional Innovation Cluster Network

SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the voice for more than 33 million small businesses, announced a new funding solicitation for the SBA’s Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) Initiative that will make awards for the first time at two funding levels: emerging and mature clusters. The RIC solicitation will open on July 1, 2024, and will close on July 26 at 1:00 PM ET. Click here for details.

News & Reports


Reports – From Our Members

Reports – Non-members

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Data Visualization


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Send the position title, description, and any other relevant information to Jennifer Gual.

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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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Our Events

Census Bureau LED, C2ER, and LMI Institute Webinar

Win Grants with LODES Data: Success Stories and Shortcuts from Texas’ Largest Community College System

July 10, 2024

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM ET

C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference and Forum

May 28 – 30, 2025

Sacramento, CA

Industry Events


Tribal Finance Webinar

July 9, 2024

October 15, 2024

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Data You Can Use

Data Day 2024

October 23, 2024

Milwaukee, WI


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December 10 – 12, 2024

Phoenix, AZ

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