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The Council for Community and Economic Research

The 51st C2ER Annual Conference

June 6-10, 2011


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Competing for Global Economic Success through New & Emerging Opportunities

The economy is showing signs of rebounding, but the recovery has been jobless for many sectors. What are the opportunities for finding those elusive jobs? Where will your state or community find its niche? C2ER and the LMI Training Institute have joined forces to explore the sources of growth and identify the best tools available to predict, measure, and monitor that growth as it happens.

A key feature of success during the recovery will be the ability to understand the nuances in your local economy and use that to help build competitive advantage. This conference will help you enhance your skills in conducting and managing this research — through leadership development to anticipate vital economic research problems, practical techniques designed to help you anticipate economic opportunities, and existing and emerging data tools created to make your job easier.

Join us as we prepare you to better understand the dynamic economy and provide you with creative ideas and invaluable skills that will give your community the intelligence to compete globally.



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Monday, June 6, 2011 – Preconference Activities Begin

8:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Tools and Techniques Training Workshop 1 (Begins):
Economic Impact Analysis for Non-Economists (Part 1)
Room: Skyline C

Instructors:
Terry Clower, Director, Center for Economic Development & Research, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Harrison Campbell, Associate Professor of Geography & Earth Sciences, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

This session introduces "non-economists" to key concepts used to assess the economic spin-off resulting from projects or programs. It provides an overview of the input-output framework and introduces available commercial software that could help assess impacts. Through case examples of impact studies, participants will also learn about typical research challenges and how to address them.
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Tools and Techniques Training Workshop 2 (Begins):
Labor Market Applied Analysis Techniques (Part 1)
Room: Skyline B

Instructors:
Mark White, VP for Research, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA
Drew Conrad, Senior Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa Business & Community Services, Institute for Decision Making, Cedar Falls, IA

In this class, attendees will be assigned to small groups that will work together to apply the skills learned to a specific region. Learn from instructors, your peers, and by doing during this highly interactive workshop. Analysts should have basic knowledge of workforce research programs and principles (or have attended the LMI Training Institute's Basic Analyst Training class). The session will build toward a final presentation on several potential scenarios.

This session will focus on defining the regional economy and its most important industries, introducing participants to key data tools, economic concepts, and analysis techniques. The session will review key data sources and analysis techniques to examine industries and occupations, including location quotients, trend analysis, and shift share analysis as well as explore company-specific research tools.
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5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

A Taste of San Francisco – Wine Country
The Press Club San Francisco

Join us "dutch treat" in socializing and networking while experiencing the best San Francisco has to offer! Press Club, an urban wine tasting bar, offers a unique wine tasting experience in its luxurious wine tasting cellar. Featuring the award-winning wines of six of Northern California's most prestigious vineyards, Press Club also offers a food-tasting menu that is as authentic and intriguing as the wine being served.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 – Preconference Activities Continue

8:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Tools and Techniques Training Workshop 1 (Concludes):
Economic Impact Analysis for Non-Economists (Part 2)
Room: Skyline A

Instructors:
George Erickcek, Senior Research Analyst, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI
Dan Gorin, Dan Gorin Consulting, Washington, DC

Session participants will learn the basics of conducting a fiscal impact analysis by building on the results of the economic impact analysis (Part 1). Participants will review techniques for estimating costs and benefits as well as review case examples of fiscal impact studies. The session will also review a free software tool available for users in conducting their research.
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Tools and Techniques Training Workshop 2 (Continues):
Labor Market Applied Analysis (Part 2)
Room: Skyline B

Instructors:
Mark White, VP for Research, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA
Drew Conrad, Senior Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa Business & Community Services, Institute for Decision Making, Cedar Falls, IA

This session will focus on addressing key research questions related to identifying important regional clusters, in-demand occupations, and the linkages between industries and occupations as well as between occupations and skills. Researchers will learn about cluster analysis, occupational analysis, staffing patterns, and O-Net to help respond to critical research questions.
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7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

A Taste of San Francisco – The Mission District
Foreign Cinema & Laszlo Bar

Venture to The Mission, one of San Francisco's most eclectic neighborhoods, for an extraordinary evening in a dutch-treat experience with other conference participants. Foreign Cinema restaurant has garnered international acclaim as a quintessentially San Francisco dining experience. Foreign and independent films are screened in their covered outdoor courtyard. Enjoy after dinner drinks with rotating DJ's in the adjacent bar, Laszlo.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 – Preconference Activities Continue

8:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Tools and Techniques Training Workshop 2 (Continues):
Labor Market Applied Analysis (Part 3-A)
(Note: The final ½ day session will be held on Thursday afternoon, June 9)
Room: Skyline B

Instructors:
Mark White, VP for Research, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA
Drew Conrad, Senior Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa Business & Community Services, Institute for Decision Making, Cedar Falls, IA

This session will focus on describing labor market supply by using a variety of tools to describe the demographic characteristics of the workforce as well as their commuting patterns. The research will focus on projecting the future workforce and examining the capacity of the state or region to prepare workers. The session will also cover techniques for presenting to relevant audiences. These small group presentations will tap previously collected data and provide techniques for presenting information.
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Training Workshop 3 (Begins):
How Cool is Your City? Measuring Quality of Life (Part 1)
(Note: The final ½ day session will be held on Thursday afternoon, June 9)
Room: Skyline A

Instructor:
Rebecca Ryan, CEO, Next Generation Consulting, Madison, WI

Experts agree that "quality of life" is critical to your city's ability to retain and attract mobile knowledge workers. But how do you quantify and measure quality of life? How do you use quality of life measures to shape and sharpen a civic agenda? How do you become the "go-to" resource in your community when employers are seeking to attract and keep an educated, younger workforce? During these two sessions, "Cool School" participants will:
  • Gain insights about seven quality of life measures that make a city attractive to next gen workers
  • See your city's data in a comprehensive index that will allow you to calculate your city's scores
  • Understand techniques to help you tell a story about quality of life in your community and how to use a "handprint" to shape and sharpen a civic agenda
  • Participate in hands-on experiences in San Francisco to help translate the metrics into real-life experiences you can use in your own cities
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State Economic Researchers' Roundtable
(State researchers invited)
Room: Skyline C

Moderator:
Sue Piatt, Research Manager, Colorado Office of Economic Development & Intl Trade, Denver, CO
Panelists:
Jim Bourgeois, Research Analyst, Louisiana Economic Development, Baton Rouge, LA
Mary Cerney, Research Manager at Governor's Office of Economic Development, Pierre, SD
Ron Coan, Editor, Journal of Applied Research in Economic Development, C2ER, Arlington, VA
Gary Crossley, Executive Director, Workforce Information Council, Charleston, SC

Targeted to state economic development and state labor market information researchers, this session will examine a series of questions related to research at the state level. Participants will discuss the impact of privatization efforts (or consolidation of agencies) on economic research activities, the integration of data demands from local economic development and workforce development agencies, and the use of research to support industry targeting. During this session, participants will be asked to share their own experiences and discuss best practices and lessons learned from recent work.
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8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

ACCRA Cost of Living Index Update and Planning Session
(COLI data collectors invited)
Room: Salon I

Facilitators:
Marlena Bandurski, Manager of Economic Research, The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Des Moines, IA
Dean Frutiger, Project Manager–COLI, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA

ACCRA Cost of Living Index participants will receive an update on this venerable project. Participants can provide input and meet with program management. At this session, we will also discuss probable changes to the index, gain insights on key challenges and opportunities, and explore ideas for new data products.
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Manufacturing Extension Partnership Researchers' Roundtable
(Invitation Only: MEP Members)
Room: Skyline C

Facilitators:
Terry Clower, Director, Center for Economic Development & Research, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Ken Poole, Executive Director, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA
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11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

C2ER/LMI Training Institute Member Networking – An Update on Activities and Opportunities to Participate
(C2ER/LMI Training Institute members invited)
Room: Metropolitan Ballroom Pre-Function

Facilitators:
Tom Tveidt, Chair, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Research Economist, SYNEVA, Asheville, NC
Deidre Myers, Director, Research and Economic Analysis, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma City, OK
Sean McNamara, COO/Executive Vice President, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA
The C2ER and LMI Training Institute leadership will lead a discussion with members about activities and benefits, including how members can participate in web-based discussions and through social media, provide input on future webinar and training topics, and learn from recent C2ER staff research activities.
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CONFERENCE BEGINS

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 – Conference Activities

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Introduction and Keynote Address:
Competing for Talent: The Global Challenge
Room: Metropolitan Ballroom

Welcome:
Tom Tveidt, Chair, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Research Economist, SYNEVA, Asheville, NC
Moderator:
John Helms, Conference Chair, Deputy Director, Marketing & Communications, Research Bureau Manager, Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, MS
Speaker:
Ron Painter, CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards, Washington, DC
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2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Understanding Business Dynamics to Shape Winning Economies for the Next Decade
Room: Metropolitan Ballroom

Moderator:
John Helms, Conference Chair, Deputy Director, Marketing & Communications, Research Bureau Manager, Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, MS
Speaker:
Don Walls, President, Walls & Associates, Oakland, CA

The mix of companies in our regions plays a big role in setting our economic trajectories. This session will explore how to identify a region's economic base using the NETS dataset, how to ascertain the characteristics of that region's growth companies, and methods policy-makers can use to leverage this information to better their region's long term economic prospects.
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3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Networking Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Breakout sessions:
(1) Research Leadership; (2) Research Practice;
(3) Research Data Tools; (4) Data Update & Demonstration

  1. Research Leadership: Looking to Asia for Economic Opportunities
    Room: Skyline B

    Moderator:
    Joe Kulenovic, Senior Director, Strategic & Market Analysis, Enterprise Florida Inc., Orlando, FL
    Speakers:
    Tracey Grose, Collaborative Economics, San Mateo, CA
    Sean Randolph, President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, San Francisco, CA
    Matt Waldo, Director of Research, The Indy Partnership, Indianapolis, IN

    Economic advances in Asia have created both opportunities and challenges for domestic regions. While the media focuses on job losses and off-shoring, opportunities exist for companies and communities to tap Asian markets. This session will review these opportunities through research that demonstrates international economic connectivity and an assessment of the data required to monitor those linkages.
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  2. Research Practice: Benchmarking Economic Performance
    Room: Skyline C

    Moderator:
    Jim Held, Director, New York State Department of Economic Development, Albany, NY
    Speakers:
    Cathy Renault, Principal, Innovation Policyworks, LLC, Brunswick, ME
    Graham Toft, Growth Economics Inc., Longboat Key, FL

    Increasingly, states and regions are assessing how well their economies are performing when compared to other places. What are some of the key metrics and how do analysts decide which are most relevant? This session will explore examples of recent benchmarking efforts and lessons from that research.
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  3. Research Data Tools: The Potential for Real-time LMI
    Room: Skyline A

    Moderator:
    Rebecca Rust, Director and Chief Economist, Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Tallahassee, FL
    Speakers:
    June Shelp, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Centers, The Conference Board, New York, NY
    Graham Slater, Administrator, Workforce & Economic Development, Oregon Employment Department, Salem, OR

    Real time labor market information (LMI) represents a great advance for workforce analysis and the opportunity to access LMI in a more timely way for economic developers and policymakers. Panelists will discuss the current capabilities of real time LMI applications, opportunities for expansion of real time products and analysis, and the challenges of using real time data.
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  4. Data Update & Demonstration: Review of Available Tools
    Room: Salon III

    Presenter:
    American FactFinder: Nancy Gemignani, California State Data Center, Department of Finance, Sacramento, CA

    This session will include a demonstration and discussion of research data products. Presenters will include both public and private organizations, highlighting their available data tools for researchers.
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5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Annual Reception
Room: Metropolitan Ballroom Pre-Function

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

A Taste of San Francisco – Chinatown
R&G Lounge

Join us in experiencing authentic Cantonese cuisine at its finest in the heart of the city's world famous Chinatown where you can also explore curios from one of the world's oldest cultures.
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Thursday, June 9, 2011 – Conference Activities

8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Plenary Presentation
Outlook for State Budgets: How "Cautiomistic" Should We Be?
Room: Metropolitan Ballroom

Moderator:
John Helms, Conference Chair, Deputy Director, Marketing & Communications, Research Bureau Manager, Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, MS
Speaker:
Corina Eckl, Director, State Services Division, National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO

The fiscal news from the state capitols has been pretty dreadful during the past few years. But, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. When will we see it?
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9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Breakout sessions:

  1. Research Leadership: Addressing the Middle Skill Gap
    Room: Skyline A

    Moderator:
    John Dorrer, Program Director, Building Economic Opportunity Group, Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA
    Speakers:
    Mark Cafferty, President & CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego, CA
    Stephanie McGarrah, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Research & Strategic Planning, North Carolina Department of Commerce, Raleigh, NC
    Lindsey Woolsey, Interim Director, BIS Team, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Ann Arbor, MI

    Middle-skill jobs make up a sizable proportion of U.S. employment today and a growing share of future job openings. Jobs that require more than a high school diploma but not necessarily a four-year college degree include many good paying, recession-resistant employment opportunities. These low profile jobs are not always priorities for training and education policy makers, but perhaps they should be. This session will review current middle-skill workforce trends and examine how states are identifying and addressing middle-skill worker shortages.
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  2. Research Practice: How Global is Your Region?
    Room: Skyline C

    Moderator:
    Marty Romitti, Director of Economic & Public Policy Research, University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, Hadley, MA
    Speakers:
    Joe Kulenovic, Senior Director, Strategic & Market Analysis, Enterprise Florida Inc., Orlando, FL
    Erin Watkins, Director, Research, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte, NC

    Many agree that benchmarking in a global context becomes a necessary exercise for regions to stay sustainably competitive in a global economy. This session will provide an overview of benchmarking exercises and practices that seek to compare countries, states, or regions anywhere. Specifically, this session will introduce a series of measures and indicators to help you examine your region's performance in a global context.
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  3. Research Data Tools: Examining Web 2.0 and Data Visualization Tools
    Room: Skyline B

    Moderator:
    Bill Niblack, Manager, Missouri Dept. of Economic Development, Jefferson City, MO
    Speakers:
    Matthew Graham, Geographer, US Census Bureau, Mount Rainier, MD
    Jonathan Packer, Newton Circle Creative, Killeen, TX
    Rebecca Ryan, CEO, Next Generation Consulting, Madison, WI

    Advances in technology provide increasingly dynamic ways to disseminate information and illustrate data. These changes have made information and data more readily available to users and, in the process, have raised expectations of data availability and flexibility. This session will provide an overview of the tools that data producers and disseminators are relying on to get their information to users in new ways and to meet new user demand for effectively sharing information.
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  4. Data Update & Demonstration: Review of Available Tools
    Room: Salon III

    Presenters:
    Burning Glass: Susan Goldberger, Director of Education & Career Advancement Services, Boston, MA
    Burning Glass: Yustina Saleh, Director of Analytics & Strategic Research, Boston, MA
    This session will include a demonstration and discussion of research data products. Presenters will include both public and private organizations highlighting their available data tools for researchers.
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10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Networking Break
Room: Metropolitan Ballroom Pre-Function

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  1. Research Leadership: Justifying Investment in Research
    Room: Skyline C

    Moderator:
    Patrick Jankowski, Vice President, Research, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston, TX
    Speakers:
    Terry Clower, Director, Center for Economic Development & Research, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
    Alan Spell, EWR Manager, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Columbia, MO

    Given tightening budgets, many organizations are reducing or even eliminating their research function. This session will highlight the challenges that research shops face. What are the vital skills and tactical approaches that researchers need to develop in order to maintain their relevance? This session will examine strategies for promoting and drawing attention from policy makers, businesses, and other stakeholders to research, including how to use social media effectively for this purpose.
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  2. Research Practice: Growth by Economic Gardening
    Room: Skyline A

    Moderator:
    Mark Lange, Executive Director, Edward Lowe Foundation, Cassopolis, MI
    Speakers:
    Jason Parry, CEO, Parry Consulting Services Inc., Jacksonville, FL

    Economic gardening embraces the development model that entrepreneurs drive economies. By connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners to the information and resources they need to be successful, these firms have a chance to grow and prosper, bringing their communities along with them. States and communities across the U.S. are embracing the concept. Market and business intelligence research is at the center of economic gardening. What role should researchers play in this economic development approach and what skills do they need to become central contributors?
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  3. Research Data Tools: Meeting the Data Needs of Global Prospects
    Room: Skyline B

    Moderator:
    Jim Futrell, Vice President of Market Research, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA
    Speakers:
    Christopher Clement, International Specialist, Invest in America, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Chris Knight, fDi Benchmark Division, fDi Intelligence, Sydney, Australia

    This session will focus on techniques and data sources available to help in recruiting international companies. More importantly, the session will provide insights on the data needs of the international companies, including requirements for workforce information and business incentives.
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  4. Data Update & Demonstration: Review of Available Tools
    Room: Salon III

    Moderator:
    Erol Yildirim, Senior VP, New Products, Council for Regional Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA
    Presenters:
    BEA: Lucas Hitt, Communications Chief, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Washington, DC
    EMSI: Chris Aberle, Sales Representative, EMSI, Spokane, WA

    This session will include a demonstration and discussion of research data products. Presenters will include both public and private organizations, highlighting their available data tools for researchers.
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12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Keynote and Recognition Luncheon

Host:
Tom Tveidt, Chair, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Research Economist, SYNEVA, Asheville, NC
Speaker:
Jayant Madhavan, Software Engineer Google Fusion Tables, Google
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2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Training Workshop 2 (Concludes):
Labor Market Applied Analysis (part 3-B)
(Note: Training Registrants & All Access Pass Holders are invited to attend)
Room: Skyline B

Moderator:
Ron Kelly, Program Manager, LMI Training Institute, Arlington, VA
Instructors:
Gary Bodeutsch, Economist, Employment Security Department (Retired), Seattle, WA
Bonnie Graybill, 2010 Charles Benefield Award Winner, Sacramento, CA

This session will focus on special topics – how can labor market analysts respond to current "hot topic" policy items that are fuzzy concepts, or where very little hard data exists?
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2:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Training Workshop 3 (Concludes):
How Cool is Your City? Measuring Quality of Life (Part 2)
(Note: Training Registrants & All Access Pass Holders are invited to this Off-Site Learning Lab)
Meet in the Metropolitan Ballroom Pre-function

Instructor:
Rebecca Ryan, CEO, Next Generation Consulting, Madison, WI

Session participants will re-group to gain hands-on experience in San Francisco to help translate the metrics learned in the first part of the session into real-life conditions you can use in your own cities. Bring your walking shoes - we're going to see the city as a resident worker would!
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2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Off-site Development Tour
Meet in the Metropolitan Ballroom Pre-function

Host:
Harry Schoening, Market Analyst, Jones Lang LaSalle, Miami, FL

This tour presents an opportunity to examine the Transbay Terminal and other development locations in central San Francisco that have created one of the world's most unique urban experiences and built a truly global economy.
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Friday, June 10, 2011 – Conference Activities Continue

8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Breakfast:
C2ER Membership Business Meeting
Room: Metropolitan Ballroom

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Break-out Roundtables: Peer-Led Facilitated Discussion Sessions

  1. Leadership Exchange: Overcoming Challenges in Managing Collaborative Research
    Room: Salon I

    Facilitator:
    Graham Slater, Administrator, Workforce & Economic Research, Salem, OR

    Organizations with different missions must increasingly come together in support of research that benefits all. That is a priority for LMI agencies, economic development research organizations, applied university centers, and many others. From overcoming organizational policies or culture that inhibits cooperation to determining a research question, collaborative research is fraught with challenges. Join us for a conversation about how your colleagues are managing the task successfully and using new collaborative technologies to do so.
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  2. Research Practice Exchange: Integrating Cluster Research and Analysis with Economic Planning
    Room: Salon II

    Facilitator:
    Drew Conrad, Senior Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa Business & Community Services, Institute for Decision Making, Cedar Falls, IA

    Cluster analysis has become a priority for federal and state policy makers. This session will focus on how researchers are using data and analysis in program planning and implementation as a mechanism to engage partners. This session will include discussion of successful stories of using cluster research analysis as well as ideas to position research as a foundation for planning.
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  3. Resource Tool Exchange: Tapping LMI for Economic Development
    Room: Salon III

    Facilitator:
    Bonnie Graybill, 2010 Charles Benefield Award Winner, Sacramento, CA

    Labor market information is a rich resource for economic developers, providing critical insight into labor supply and demand as it currently exists and what it will look like in the future. Designed to be a dialogue between those who produce labor market information and those who rely on it to improve regional economies, this discussion will focus on how LMI products are created, what products are most useful for economic development analysis and presentations, and how to enhance LMI to meet economic development needs.
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10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Plenary Session:
Regional Socioeconomic Statistics Update
Room: Metropolitan Ballroom

Facilitator:
Andrew Reamer, Research Professor, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University
Panelists:
Jack Galvin, Associate Commissioner, Employment & Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Joel Platt, Associate Director for Regional Economics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Washington, DC
Nancy Potok, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Economics & Statistics Administration, Washington, DC

Representatives from the major federal statistical agencies will provide updates on recent and upcoming changes planned for local statistics. Representatives from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis will provide updates on data programs and new initiatives. Take advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback to Federal statistical agencies.
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12:30 p.m.

Conference Adjourns

Conference Presentation Materials


All of the conference materials are now available in the C2ER Member Area.



C2ER Recognizes Excellence in Economic Development Research

On June 9, 2011 economic development professionals from across the U.S. assembled at C2ER's annual conference in San Francisco CA to recognize excellence in economic development research work done by their peers.

The C2ER awards program recognizes the contribution of research activities to the success of local, regional, or state/provincial economic development initiatives. The purpose of the award is to increase the quality of economic development research by identifying meritorious projects and promoting the diffusion of creative ideas for research activities.

Projects could be submitted for evaluation in the following categories of research activity:

  • Projects that support business development activities
  • Data collection/dissemination efforts, including web-based systems
  • Policy Analysis
  • Project impact/program evaluation or assessment
  • Projects that support collaborative community/regional initiatives

The projects were judged on their contributions to the economic development research field, innovativeness in approach, implementation or collaborative efforts, responsiveness to customer needs, and benefits resulting from project implementation. The seven highest scored projects were chosen out of 15 submissions.

In recognition of these awards, C2ER is hosting a series of webinars devoted to these projects. Presented over the next several months, this program is meant to allow representative project directors an opportunity to present a summary of their work in a one-hour webinar open to the C2ER community.

The schedule is as follows:
September 20th, 2011 2:00 pm EST:

Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC):
CERC Dashboards Interactive Web-based Tool
Project Summary
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September 28th, 2011 3:00 pm EST:

Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC):
Economic Analysis of Casino Applicants for Missouri's Gaming License
Project Summary
Download Webinar

October 7th, 2011 2:00 pm EST:

Indy Partnership:
2011 Labor Study
Project Summary
Download Webinar

October 25th, 2011 2:00 pm EST:

Edward Lowe Foundation:
Edward Lowe Foundation's YE+
Project Summary
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