The 2019 C2ER Annual Conference & LMI Institute Annual Forum

June 3-7, 2019 - St. Louis, MO

We look forward to meeting you next year in St. Louis!

Call for Session Proposals

Full Call for Proposals, with more about the theme and guidelines: Download PDF

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute are currently soliciting proposals for the next annual conference and forum, which will be June 5 - 7, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. The theme this year is Meeting in the Middle.

Breakout sessions are a key component to the success of our conference. They enable our attendees to share, learn, converse, and interact with one another on topics of mutual interest and compare data collection practices, visualization tools, and lessons learned in the field. We invite members and non-members to submit session proposals by Friday, November 9, 2018.

The C2ER Annual Conference/LMI Institute Annual Forum theme for 2019 is Meeting in the Middle. As we come together from across the U.S. and meet in St. Louis with this theme, we are interested in exploring how and where economic and workforce development research intersect. Sub-theme topics include:

  • Old Economy Meets the New Economy: Many communities, especially in the Midwest and in rural areas, have slower economic growth grounded in traditional industries. By contrast, many high-tech, fast-growing metros are no longer affordable places to live and work. It takes a balancing act! How are cities reinventing themselves or working to sustain growth? What rural development strategies show promise? How does smart infrastructure fit into this?
  • Talent Supply Meets Employer Demand: Companies face a shortage of workers, especially those with middle-to-higher skills. What does the supply/demand analysis show? Can talent attraction/retention strategies pay off? How can education, workforce, and economic planners better align supply efforts that include adults currently on the labor market sidelines?
  • Storytelling Meets Data: With big data, changing data sources, and data visualization evolving at a rapid pace, it is hard to keep up. Data tools help but rarely tell the compelling story by themselves. The middle ground is needed: excellent data and tools combined with storytelling skills. What are some best practices for turning numbers into knowledge?
  • A Beautiful Friendship: Research Partnerships: Partnerships between organizations can lead to great things – LMI and Chambers, Education and Workforce, Businesses and Government. What are successful partnerships accomplishing and how are they structured so everyone wins? How are you sharing data and analysis?

Full Call for Proposals, with more about the theme and guidelines: Download PDF