Foundations of Economic Development Research

Pittsburgh, PA

11 Stanwix Street

17th Floor

Pittsburgh, PA


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This 2.5-day course provides novice community and economic development researchers with an introduction to key data sources, tools, and research methods used to support state and regional economic development strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain exposure to a variety of economic, demographic, and workforce data and apply basic analytical skills to answer real-world questions that policy makers and practitioners encounter. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding core economic & other data sources
  • Identifying economic drivers
  • Analyzing populations & assessing workforce capacity
  • Comparing regional economies
  • Communicating effectively with customers

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, some experience with Excel formulas and functions is strongly recommended. The training will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Wednesday and Thursday and from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Friday.

Target Audience:

This course is designed for novice community and economic development researchers. Beginners in related fields, such as labor market analysis and workforce development, are encouraged to attend our Basic Labor Market Information (LMI) Analyst course. The next Basic LMI Analyst course will be held in Arlington, VA in Fall 2023.

For more information on course content, please contact Jennie Allison. For questions on registrations and/or logistics please contact Spencer Abrams.


Jim Futrell, CERP, Vice President Market Research, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Ellen Gaus, CERP, Market Research Manager, Allegheny Conference on Community Development


Regular Rate
Premium $710
Basic $805
Nonmember $1,015