The 2018 C2ER Annual Conference & LMI Institute Annual Forum

June 4-8, 2018 - Atlanta, GA

Conference Hotel:
W Midtown Atlanta
188 14th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-6000
Hotel Info & Room Booking
For government rate information,
please contact Spencer Abrams.
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Annual Conference and Forum

The C2ER Annual Conference is held in conjunction with the LMI Annual Forum, creating the premier national event for economic development researchers and labor market information analysts. The 2018 Conference will be held in Atlanta GA, June 4-8.

Our theme this year is how we can help our communities "RISE".

  • Resiliency: How do communities remain resilient in the light of economic and natural disruption?
  • Innovation: What innovative research approaches and technical solutions can be applied to our work?
  • Skills: What skills are on the rise and how will they tie into today's and tomorrow's hiring needs?
  • Equity: As we explore workforce and economic development strategies, how do we ensure that they are equitable and support all members of our society?

We plan to address and discuss these questions, and more, at this year's C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference/Forum.

Conference highlights include industry-leading keynotes, training classes and breakout sessions, the annual State Economic Researchers' Roundtable, presentation of the annual Community & Economic Research Awards and Charles Benefield Award, and opportunities to build important networks within the research community.  Sponsors and exhibitors will showcase their latest products and services in the exhibit hall.

The C2ER and LMI networks comprise over 700+ professionals, representing all aspects of community and economic development along with labor market data, in the U.S. and Canada. They include research professionals from:

  • Chambers of commerce
  • Economic development organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Universities
  • Utility companies
  • Workforce development boards
  • Community development organizations
  • Consultants and data providers
  • Labor market information agencies

For questions or sponsorship opportunities please contact Spencer Abrams at

Check back soon for more details!