Join the National BR|E Benchmarking Challenge 2022!

  Join the National BR|E Benchmarking Challenge 2022! We heard you… Summer is not the time for the BR|E Benchmarking. Many of you focus on a spring visit schedule. Therefore, the 2022 National BR|E Benchmarking Challenge will be held March 1 – May 15, covering 60 business days. See the full details here Sign up to […]

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C2ER Helps Economic Development Professionals Grow – Drew Conrad

In 2004, Drew Conrad from the Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa attended his first C2ER Annual Conference. His research manager and former C2ER Board member, Cindy Angel, encouraged their team to attend the annual conference and professional development training courses, as the University has been long-time members of—and advocates for—C2ER. […]

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State Incentives: SSBCI Program Recap and Overview

State Incentives: SSBCI Program Recap and Overview In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, which created the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Functioning as a recovery response to the Great Recession, it delivered $1.5 billion in capital to small businesses. Federally, SSBCI phased out in 2017. Nevertheless, after more […]

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State Incentive Program Trends: Broadband Expansion

To ensure equitable access to broadband internet and spur economic development in underserved communities, many states offer incentive programs to for-profit businesses, local governments, and/or non-profit organizations to expand broadband internet access throughout the state. The incentives can take a variety of forms. Some states offer specific tax credits relating to broadband infrastructure development, like […]

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COVID-19 & The Labor Market: Equitable Recovery Through Human Infrastructure

Dr. Angela Jackson opened C2ER’s panel entitled Gender, Race, and Ethnicity: The impact of COVID-19 on the Labor Market Recession and Recovery. Dr. Jackson has led New Profit’s Future of Work Initiative, a movement seeking to close the career-readiness gap for Americans from low-income backgrounds. She recently launched a $6 million Future of Work Grand […]

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Federal Partners Panel: An Update from Agency Leaders

Dr. Mary Bohman, Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Dr. William Beach, Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Dr. Ron Jarmin, Acting Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, gathered at the 61st Annual C2ER Conference and LMI Institute Forum’s Federal Partners Panel event to discuss […]

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Economic Development Items to Watch in the American Rescue Plan

C2ER’s Executive Director Ken Poole summarizes the economic development impacts on the 2021 American Rescue Plan: The American Rescue Plan proposed by President Biden and currently being considered in the U.S. House would provide $1.9 trillion in economic relief.  While the proposed $1,400 stimulus checks and the national vaccination plan are getting most of the […]

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New Workforce Development Programs Reflect Importance and Need for Training and Talent Development

By Chelsea Thomson Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, states incentivized employers to support those out of work and provide opportunities for occupational advancement, especially for marginalized communities and ones characterized by historic divestment.  These programs are crucial for getting people back into the labor market and providing the opportunities for reskilling and […]

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New Metropolitan Area Data from JOLTS Reveals Dynamic of Labor Market Before the Pandemic

BLS’s newly published one-time research estimates for the 18 largest metropolitan statistical areas (the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey or JOLTS) provides monthly data on job openings, hires, quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations from a sample of approximately 16,000 establishments. JOLTS provides dynamic views behind the official unemployment rate. With JOLTS, data […]

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Call for Webinar Proposals: Fall 2020

Share your expertise – Fall 2020 webinar proposals are now open! Do you have a new research project, data set, or initiative you’d like to share with the C2ER and LMI Institute community? If so, we’d love to hear from you! All presentation experience levels are welcome to submit, this is a great professional development […]

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