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The Council for Community and Economic Research

Training

The Council for Community and Economic Research is dedicated to improving the skills of community and economic development research professionals.  In cooperation with the LMI Institute, C2ER offers a comprehensive training program in economic development and workforce analysis.

Upcoming Training
Mar
13-15
Foundations of Economic Development Research
Location: Houston, TX
Address:
Greater Houston Partnership
701 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 900
Houston, TX 77010

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Preliminary Agenda   •   Restaurant List   •   Hotel Information

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 Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Thursday. 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 Salt Lake City, UT in April 2018.

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

Early Bird Pricing (Through February 16):
Non-Members: $825.00
LMI Institute Organizational and Research Professional Affiliates, and C2ER Organizational and Research Professional Members: $660.00
State LMI Agency Members and Premium Affiliates, and C2ER Premium Organizational Members: $575.00
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Apr
10-12
Basic LMI Analyst Training
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Address:
Utah Deptartment of Workforce Services
1385 State Street, South Building
Salt Lake City, UT

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Preliminary Agenda

This 2.5-day course provides novice labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to LMI and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain exposure to various workforce, demographic, and economic data sources and apply basic analytical skills to answer real-world questions that policy makers and practitioners encounter. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding core LMI programs & other data sources
  • Conducting basic occupational analyses
  • Using Local Employment Dynamics
  • Exploring real-time LMI applications
  • Communicating effectively with customers

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, some experience with Excel formulas and functions is strongly recommended.

Target Audience: This course is designed for novice labor market information analysts. New researchers from workforce-related organizations, such as community colleges and workforce investment boards, may also find this course helpful.

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

Trainers:
Joshua Eller, Manager, Economic Analysis & Information Delivery, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Alan Spell, Economic & Workforce Research Manager, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center

Early Bird Pricing (Through March 13):
Non-Members: $825.00
LMI Institute Organizational and Research Professional Affiliates, and C2ER Organizational and Research Professional Members: $660.00
State LMI Agency Members and Premium Affiliates, and C2ER Premium Organizational Members: $575.00
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Oct
26-27
Intermediate Tableau for Economic and Workforce Developers
Location: Sacramento, CA
Address:
Los Rios Community College District Workforce & Economic Development Building
1410 Ethan Way, Room 250
Sacramento, CA 95821

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Agenda   •   Restaurant List

Effective data visualizations can communicate highly complex information in digestible terms where words often fall short. This course emphasizes putting that theory into practice. Through hands-on exercises, participants will learn not only how to explore and analyze data quickly and easily with simple drag-and-drop operations but also how to use Tableau as a tool to answer challenging workforce and economic development research questions and create dynamic visual charts and dashboards.

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

Trainer:
Brittany Fong, Principal, BFongData
Erol Yildirim, Senior Vice President, C2ER

Special Offer: Save $50 when you register for both the Applied Analyst and the Intermediate Tableau for Economic and Workforce Developers Trainings.

Oct
24-26
Basic Labor Market Information Analyst Training
Location: Arlington, VA
Address:
Holiday Inn Rosslyn at the Key Bridge
1900 N Fort Myer Dr
Arlington, VA 22209

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Agenda

This 2.5-day course provides novice labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to LMI and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain exposure to various workforce, demographic, and economic data sources and apply basic analytical skills to answer real-world questions that policy makers and practitioners encounter. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding core LMI programs & other data sources
  • Conducting basic occupational analyses
  • Using Local Employment Dynamics
  • Exploring real-time LMI applications
  • Communicating effectively with customers

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, some experience with Excel formulas and functions is strongly recommended.

Target Audience: This course is designed for novice labor market information analysts. New researchers from workforce-related organizations, such as community colleges and workforce investment boards, may also find this course helpful.

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

Trainer:
Lecia Langston, Regional Economist, Utah Department of Workforce Services
Henry Renski, Associate Director, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Oct
24-26
Applied Analyst Training Class
Location: Sacramento, CA
Address:
Los Rios Community College District Workforce & Economic Development Building
1410 Ethan Way, Room 250
Sacramento, CA 95821

Download:   Agenda   •   Restaurant List

This 2.5-day course teaches economic development researchers and labor market information (LMI) analysts advanced skills in collecting, analyzing, and presenting regional economic and labor market data to answer questions about key industries, workforce supply and demand, education and training needs, and demographic trends in pre-defined regions. Working in groups, participants master skills in the following areas:

  • Building demographic & economic profiles
  • Measuring economic health & competitiveness
  • Conducting industry & occupational trend analyses
  • Combining labor market & education data to anticipate skill needs
  • Presenting and communicating data effectively

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, intermediate to advanced skills in Excel are highly recommended.

Target Audience: This course is designed for practitioners with two-to-five years of experience in economic and/or labor market analysis.

Novice researchers are strongly encouraged to consider registering tor the upcoming Basic Labor Market Information Analyst course, scheduled for October 24-26, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia.

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

Trainer:
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, Oregon Employment Department
Adrienne Johnson, VP of Research, Greater Memphis Chamber
Damon Runberg, State Employment Economist, Oregon Employment Department

Special Offer: Save $50 when you register for both the Applied Analyst and the Intermediate Tableau for Economic and Workforce Developers Trainings.

Apr
25-27
Basic Labor Market Information Analyst Training
Location: Columbus, OH
Address:
Courtyard Columbus Downtown
35 West Spring Street
Columbus, OH, 43215

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Agenda

This 2.5-day course provides novice labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to LMI and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain exposure to various workforce, demographic, and economic data sources and apply basic analytical skills to answer real-world questions that policy makers and practitioners encounter. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding core LMI programs & other data sources
  • Conducting basic occupational analyses
  • Using Local Employment Dynamics
  • Exploring real-time LMI applications
  • Communicating effectively with customers

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, some experience with Excel formulas and functions is strongly recommended.

Target Audience: This course is designed for novice labor market information analysts. New researchers from workforce-related organizations, such as community colleges and workforce investment boards, may also find this course helpful.

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

Trainers:
Lesley Hirsch, Director, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC Labor Market Information Service
Alan Spell, Economic & Workforce Research Manager, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center

Mar
14-16
Foundations of Applied Economic Development Research
Location: Memphis, TN
Address:
Courtyard by Marriott Memphis Downtown
75 Jefferson Ave,
Memphis, TN 38103

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Agenda

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 – 4:30 PM Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Thursday.

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 Indianapolis, IN in April 2017.

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

Trainer:
Ashley Gates, Principal, Gateway Economics and Analytics
Tom Tveidt, Research Economist, SYNEVA Economics LLC

Nov
1-3
Applied Analyst Training
Location: Arlington, VA
Address:
University of Phoenix Arlington – Crystal City
1800 S Bell St, Ste. 100
Arlington, VA 22202

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Agenda   •   Hotel Information

This 2.5 day course teaches economic development researchers and labor market information (LMI) analysts advanced skills in collecting, analyzing, and presenting regional economic and labor market data to answer questions about key industries, workforce supply and demand, education and training needs, and demographic trends in pre-defined regions. Working in groups, participants master skills in the following areas:

  • Building demographic & economic profiles
  • Measuring economic health & competitiveness
  • Conducting industry & occupational trend analyses
  • Combining labor market & education data to anticipate skill needs
  • Presenting and communicating data effectively

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, intermediate to advanced skills in Excel are highly recommended.

Target Audience: This course is designed for practitioners with two-to-five years of experience in economic and/or labor market analysis.

Novice researchers are strongly encouraged to consider registering tor the upcoming Basic Labor Market Information Analyst course, scheduled for October 11-13, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia.

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

Trainers:
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, Oregon Employment Department
Bob Potts, Research Director, Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development

Oct
11-13
Basic Labor Market Information Analyst Training
Location: Arlington, VA
Address:
University of Phoenix Arlington – Crystal City
1800 S Bell St, Ste. 100
Arlington, VA 22202

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Agenda   •   Hotel Information

This 2.5-day course provides novice labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to LMI and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain exposure to various workforce, demographic, and economic data sources and apply basic analytical skills to answer real-world questions that policy makers and practitioners encounter. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding core LMI programs & other data sources
  • Conducting basic occupational analyses
  • Using Local Employment Dynamics
  • Exploring real-time LMI applications
  • Communicating effectively with customers

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, some experience with Excel formulas and functions is strongly recommended.

Target Audience: This course is designed for novice labor market information analysts. New researchers from workforce-related organizations, such as community colleges and workforce investment boards, may also find this course helpful.

Practitioners with two or more years of experience in labor market analysis are strongly encouraged to consider registering for the upcoming C2ER/LMI Institute Applied Analyst course, scheduled for November 1-3, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia.

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

Trainers:
Marty Romitti, Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, Oregon Employment Department

Sep
15-16
Data Viz Made Simple
Location: Arlington, VA

This training is being co-sponsored with the Association of Public Data Users (APDU).

Register: Online or by PDF

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Picture this: You just finished a data-intensive report and it has no tables or narrative. That has about as much chance of moving forward as a driverless car, right? Well, it's a new day, and people want compelling stories delivered in interesting ways. Long reports are being replaced with infographics that use images, pictures, charts, and graphs to share information quickly and efficiently.

In two days, you can learn key concepts about data visualization, and take home a few easy tips using readily available software—Excel and Tableau. Join us and become a data viz expert!

Software needed:
Tableau (Professional, Personal or Public editions)
A free Public version can be downloaded here: https://public.tableau.com/s/download

Presenter:
Ben Collins, Data Consultant, General Assemb.ly

Jun
7
Marketing and Communicating Workforce and Economic Development Research
Location: Minneapolis, MN

A robust marketing strategy is essential for communicating the value of research products and services, and research operations themselves, to customers. Trainers will utilize workforce and economic development case studies to introduce impactful strategies and tactics for identifying target customers, fine-tuning marketing communications plans, managing outreach tools, measuring customer satisfaction, and budgeting for success.

Offered as part of the 2016 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Annual Forum

Jun
6-7
Leadership in Research Workshop: Developing and Managing a World-Class Research Operation
Location: Minneapolis, MN

This 1.5-day course brings directors and senior managers of economic and workforce development research operations together to tackle the "business of research." Through facilitated discussions, scenario-based group exercises, and open peer-to-peer exchanges, participants will hone their skills in agenda formulation, strategic planning, team management and development, and budgeting. The course will also impart innovative strategies and tools for diffusing challenging situations, expanding research networks and attracting new resources, and communicating effectively with customers.

Offered as part of the 2016 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Annual Forum

Jun
6
Applied Data Visualization: Moving from Theory into Practice
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Effective data visualizations can communicate highly complex information in digestible terms where words often fall short. This course emphasizes putting that theory into practice. Participants will gain hands-on experience with different data visualization tools to develop effective visual responses to key workforce and economic development research questions.

Offered as part of the 2016 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Annual Forum

Apr
12-14
Basic Labor Market Information Analyst
Location: Sacramento, CA
Address:
1410 Ethan Way
Room 150
Sacramento, CA 95821

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Agenda   •   Hotel Information   •   Restaurant List

This 2.5-day course provides novice labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to LMI and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain exposure to various workforce, demographic, and economic data sources and apply basic analytical skills to answer real-world questions that policy makers and practitioners encounter. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding core LMI programs & other data sources
  • Conducting basic occupational analyses
  • Using Local Employment Dynamics
  • Exploring real-time LMI applications
  • 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 – 4:30 PM Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Thursday.

Target Audience: This course is designed for novice labor market information analysts. New researchers from workforce-related organizations, such as community colleges and workforce investment boards, may also find this course helpful.

Beginners in other related fields, such as community and economic development, are encouraged to attend our Foundations of Applied Economic Development Research course. The Foundations course will be held March 22-24, 2016, in Norfolk, VA. To register for this course, please visit: https://www.c2er.org/events/training.asp.

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

Trainers:
Justin Wehner, Research Program Specialist, Regional Analysis and Support Group, California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division
Alan Spell, Research Manager, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Missouri Department of Economic Development

Mar
22-24
Foundations of Applied Economic Development Research
Location: Norfolk, VA
Address:
Dominion Tower
999 Waterside Dr
Norfolk, VA 23510

Download:   Agenda   •   Hotel Information

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 – 4:30 PM Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Thursday.

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 Sacramento, California in April 2016.

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

Trainers:
Tom Tveidt, Research Economist, SYNEVA Economics LLC
Henry Renski, Associate Professor of Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Oct
14-16
Applied Analyst Training
Location: Chicago, IL
Address:
Crowne Plaza – Chicago Metro Downtown
733 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60661

This 2.5 day course teaches economic development researchers and labor market information (LMI) analysts advanced skills in collecting, analyzing, and presenting regional economic and labor market data to answer questions about key industries, workforce supply and demand, education and training needs, and demographic trends in pre-defined regions. Working in groups, participants master skills in the following areas:

  • Building demographic & economic profiles
  • Measuring economic health & competitiveness
  • Conducting industry & occupational trend analyses
  • Combining labor market & education data to anticipate skill needs
  • Presenting and communicating data effectively

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, intermediate to advanced skills in Excel are highly recommended.

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

Trainers:
Marty Romitti, Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, Oregon Employment Department

Sep
15-17
Applied Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Address:
Arizona Commerce Authority
333 North Central Ave., Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Room Booking:
Hotel website$139 + tax - Room block expires 08/14/2015.

Register by PDF Form or Online

This 2.5-day course builds the technical know-how and analytical capacities that community and economic development researchers need to better understand the economic spin-off and fiscal consequences of their projects and programs. Working both independently and in groups, participants will use advanced software applications to conduct economic and fiscal impact analyses for a variety of case scenarios. Training participants will also learn effective strategies for interpreting results and communicating findings to key decision makers. Through hands-on exercises and engaging discussions, participants will master the following skills:

  • Knowledge of key concepts and the rationale for conducting impact studies
  • Necessary data requirements for a study
  • Estimating benefits
  • Recognition of available impact analysis software models (e.g., IMPLAN, LOCI, REMI, EMSI, etc.)
  • Avoiding pitfalls of impact studies
  • Demonstrating economic and fiscal impact situations in the real world
  • Building community profiles for fiscal impact analysis
  • Undertaking the preparation of a fiscal impact study
  • Presenting fiscal impact analyses

Target Audience: This course is designed for intermediate to advanced community and economic development researchers. While there is no pre-requisite for this course, a foundational knowledge of impact analysis is recommended.

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

Trainers:
Alfie Meek, Director, Innovation Strategy & Impact, Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology
Marty Romitti, Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Aug
18-20
Basic Labor Market Information Analyst Training
Location: Arlington, VA
Address:
Holiday Inn Rosslyn
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Preliminary Agenda

This 2.5-day course provides novice labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to LMI and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain exposure to various workforce, demographic, and economic data sources and apply basic analytical skills to answer real-world questions that policy makers and practitioners encounter. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding core LMI programs & other data sources
  • Conducting basic occupational analyses
  • Using Local Employment Dynamics
  • Exploring real-time LMI applications
  • Communicating effectively with customers

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, basic knowledge of Excel is highly recommended.

Target Audience: This course is designed for novice labor market information analysts. New researchers from workforce-related organizations, such as community colleges and workforce investment boards, may also find this course helpful.

Beginners in other related fields, such as community and economic development, are encouraged to attend our Foundations of Applied Economic Development Research course. The Foundations course will be held on the same days at the same venue as this training.

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

Trainers:
Tim McElhinny, Manager of Economic Research, Customer Service, and Outreach, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Patricia Silverstein, President, Development Research Partners

Aug
18-20
Foundations of Applied Economic Development Research Training
Location: Arlington, VA
Address:
Holiday Inn Rosslyn
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Preliminary Agenda

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, basic knowledge of Excel is recommended.

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 Basic LMI Analyst course will be held on the same days at the same venue as this training.

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

Trainers:
Terry Clower, Northern Virginia Chair, Professor of Public Policy, and Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University
Tom Tveidt, Research Economist, SYNEVA Economics

Jun
9
The Foundations of Data Visualization in Practice
Location: Portland, OR

If they could only "see it" they would really understand! That's the power of using data visualization to present complex information. Research leaders and analysts alike need to equip themselves with the basic principles of data visualization. Gain a whole new perspective on how to make your research more compelling by using charts, graphs, tables, and images to paint a narrative about your data.

Offered as part of the 2015 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Annual Forum

Jun
9
Measuring Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Location: Portland, OR

For many states and regions, the future depends on dynamic business growth. Much has changed in recent years in terms of the data available to monitor new business formation and emerging economic activities. Join experts to understand more about the resources available and tools being created to assess your state or region's entrepreneurial economy.

Offered as part of the 2015 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Annual Forum

Jun
8
Leadership in Research
Location: Portland, OR

Get together with senior leaders responsible for their organizations' applied economic research activities. The conversations will focus on key challenges in managing research, funding your priorities, and communicating with stakeholders. How can you better drive research priorities? What can you do to improve your organization's outcomes? How can you leverage external funding to support your research activities?

Offered as part of the 2015 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Annual Forum

Jun
8
Data Management and Analysis in Excel for Community, Economic, and Workforce Research
Location: Portland, OR

Become more proficient in pulling together data, building on what you already know. As a researcher, one of the most important skills you need to develop is how to manage and analyze large data in the most effective way possible. In this session, you will learn how a variety of built-in Microsoft Excel 2013 functions can be useful in manipulating data in previously unimaginable ways. Get professional-looking results in a snap!

Offered as part of the 2015 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Annual Forum

Feb
25-26
Basic Labor Market Information Analyst Training
Location: Denver, CO
Address:
Magnolia Hotel
818 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   FAQ   •   Agenda

This course provides new labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to key data sources and programs, as well as basic analytical methods, which support state and regional economic and workforce strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will find a variety of workforce, economic, and demographic data and apply basic analytical skills to practical, real-world questions that policymakers and practitioners encounter. The training will also explore techniques for effectively communicating with customers. Topics covered by this course include:

  • Introduction to LMI
  • Understanding Core LMI programs
  • Other Important LMI Data Sources
  • Basic Industry Analysis
  • Basic Occupational Analysis
  • Local Employment Dynamics
  • Key Customers and Their Information Needs

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, basic knowledge of excel is recommended. Beginners in related fields, such as economic and community development, may also find many aspects of this course useful. Before registering for this course, we encourage these professionals to consider attending our Foundations of Community and Economic Research course, offered annually.

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

Trainers:
Patricia Silverstein, President, Development Research Partners

Sep
23-25
C2ER/LMI Institute Applied Analyst Training
Location: Montgomery, AL
Address:
Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
300 Tallapoosa St
Montgomery, AL 36104
Room Booking:
Phone: 334-269-5055
Hotel website
There is no room block for this training.

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Agenda

The purpose of this training is to teach skills in the analysis of regional economic and labor market data through hands-on application. As a part of the training experience, participants work in small groups to conduct analyses for pre-defined regions. Over the course of training, participants learn effective ways to access data sources and valuable techniques for regional analysis. Throughout the training, participants will apply these skills to build information on a region and better understand the factors driving its economic and workforce development.

Participants will also learn about methods to help answer questions related to key industries, future workforce needs, higher education graduates, and commuting patterns. Tips for structuring information in tables and charts for public presentations are also provided. As a capstone to this training, participants will present team findings about their assigned regions.

Ideally participants will come in a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel and basic demographic and workforce data sources, but this knowledge is not required to participate. However, participants will be required to bring their own laptop.

Instructors:
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, Oregon Employment Department
Mark White, Vice President, Research, Council for Community and Economic Research


Preliminary Agenda

Day 1:

  • Introduction and overview of the training
  • Collecting information about the region
  • Accessing demographic and labor force data
  • Lunch on your own
  • Industry trends analysis

Day 2:

  • Occupational trends analysis
  • Higher education and other education completer data
  • Lunch on your own
  • Using the Local Employment Dynamics
  • Presenting data and information

Day 3:

  • Regional Presentations
Jul
29-30
Cluster Mapping Training & The Basics of Economic Impact Analysis
Location: Sacramento, CA
Address:
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J St
Sacramento, CA 95814

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Cluster Mapping Agenda   •   Impact Analysis Agenda

July 29: US Cluster Mapping Training

The U.S. Cluster Mapping Project is a national economic initiative that aims to strengthen U.S. competitiveness by understanding the economic performance of clusters and regions across the U.S. It is based at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, with support from a number of regional partners and a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The project provides an interactive website for user-driven, visual data on clusters and regions across the U.S. It benchmarks the economic performance of individual clusters and regional business environments, and also provides a community for organizations, policymakers, and researchers to share and discuss best practices in cluster development, policy, and innovation.

Instructors:
Sarah Jane Maxted, Research Manager, ISC
Rich Bryden, Director of Information Products, ISC

One day workshop (8:30 to 4:30)

  • Introductions and Agenda (8:30-9:00)
  • Why Clusters? (9:00-10:00)
    • Approach
    • Methodology
  • Morning Break (10:00-10:15)
  • Introducing the US Cluster Mapping Tool (10:15-12:00)
    • About the Tool
    • Tool Features
    • Basic Exercises
    • What the tool cannot do (where might you need other information)
  • Lunch (12:00-1:00) – Lunch on your own
  • Tool applications—Scenarios and exercises (1:00-2:15)
    • Scenario #1: State/Local Policymaker
    • Scenario #2: Federal Policymaker
  • Afternoon Break (2:15-2:30)
  • Tool applications—Scenarios and exercises (2:30-3:15)
    • Scenario #3: Researcher/Academic
    • Scenario #4: Business/Private Organization
  • Best practices, next steps and feedback on the tool (3:15-4:30)

 

July 30: The Basics of Economic Impact Analysis

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.

Instructors:
Dr. David Peters, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Dr. Martin Romitti, Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

One day workshop (8:30 to 4:00)

  • Introductions and agenda (8:30-9:00)
  • Overview and rationale for conducting impact studies (9:00-10:15)
  • Morning Break (10:15-10:30)
  • Data requirements for a study (10:30-12:00)
  • Lunch (12:00-1:00)– Lunch on your own
  • Demonstrations and exercises conducting economic impact analysis (1:00-2:30)
  • Afternoon Break (2:30-2:45)
  • Model options and other types of impacts (2:45-3:45)
  • Review and wrap-up (3:45-4:00)
Jun
25
Cluster Mapping for Economic Development
Location: Boston, MA
Address:
Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness
Harvard Business School
Cumnock 220
Boston, MA

Register by PDF Form or Online

Download:   Agenda   •   Hotel Information   •   US Cluster Mapping Project Launch Brochure

The U.S. Cluster Mapping Project is a national economic initiative that aims to strengthen U.S. competitiveness by understanding the economic performance of clusters and regions across the U.S. It is based at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, with support from a number of regional partners and a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The project provides an interactive website for user-driven, visual data on clusters and regions across the U.S. It benchmarks the economic performance of individual clusters and regional business environments, and also provides a community for organizations, policymakers, and researchers to share and discuss best practices in economic development, policy, and innovation.

Instructors:
Sarah Jane Maxted, Research Manager, ISC
Rich Bryden, Director of Information Products, ISC
Betsy Biemann, Independent Contractor (Cluster Practitioner), ISC

Jun
3
Tracking Your Region's Economic Performance
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

This session helps you to develop regional economic indicators. You will review basic principles for selecting appropriate measures of regional economic performance. You will also learn about different data sets and weighting systems to develop your own index as part of a strategy for tracking your regional or statewide economic development efforts.

Jun
2
Leadership in Community and Economic Research Workshop
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

This one-day, invitation-only, workshop will allow senior leaders to engage in high-level conversations about challenges and opportunities involved with running research shops. The workshop will use facilitated discussion and peer-to-peer learning to cover topics such as setting your research agenda, managing communication with customers and key stakeholders, and justifying your budget. Participants will share best practices and lessons learned in addressing challenges.

Jun
2
Using Local Employment Dynamics for Workforce Analysis
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

This training introduces attendees to U.S. Census Bureau innovative data tools that release data produced by the Local Employment Dynamics (LED), a collaboration between the Census Bureau and 53 state partners. These tools provide data on where workers live and work, wages, and top industries for local areas and workforce. The online data tools, OnTheMap, OnTheMap for Emergency Management, LED Extraction tool, and QWI Explorer will be featured through scenario-based exercises, giving attendees hands-on experience.

Apr
16-17
The Fundamentals of Impact Analysis
Location: Arlington, VA
Address:
Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge
1900 N Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209

Download:   Registration Form (PDF)   •   Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Basics of Economic Impact Analysis
Instructor:
  • Terry L. Clower, Ph.D.
    Director, Center for Economic Development and Research, University of North Texas
Description:

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.

This course provides the basics of conducting economic impact analysis, including topics such as:

  • Overview and rationale for conducting impact studies
  • Data requirements for a study
  • Using available impact analysis software models (e.g., IMPLAN, REMI, EMSI, etc.)
  • Other types of impacts

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Preparing Fiscal Impact Studies
Instructors:
  • Daniel R. Gorin
    former Chief Economist of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce
  • Stephanie McGarrah
    Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Description:

Session participants will learn the basics of conducting a fiscal impact analysis. Participants learn how to structure and undertake cost-benefit studies to better understand the fiscal consequences of a proposed project or policy.

The topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to the preparation of a fiscal impact study
  • Estimating benefits
  • Setting the analysis time frame
  • Case studies of fiscal impact situations in the real world
  • Introduction to the Fiscal Impact Tool
  • Presenting fiscal impact analyses
  • Avoiding pitfalls of fiscal impact studies
Nov
4-6
Foundations of Applied Economic Development Research
Location: St. Louis, MO
Address:
Innovative Technology Enterprises at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 4633 World Parkway Circle, Berkeley, MO 63134

Download:   Agenda   •   Registration Form (PDF)   •   Hotel Information

Instructors:
  • Mark White
    Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
  • Stephanie McGarrah
    Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Alan Spell
    Economic & Workforce Research Manager, Missouri Department of Economic Development
Description:

This 2.5 day course will equip participants with the foundational skills necessary to be successful community and economic researchers.

Participants will learn about vital data sources and tools through hands-on exercises and real world examples. They will also be introduced to analytic techniques that will allow them to analyze their region's economy and workforce, identify sources of competitive advantage, and benchmark their region to other places.

Our instructors bring a wealth of practical, real-world experience in the field of applied economic research. This course will benefit participants who are new to community and economic research, as well as more experienced researchers wanting to learn about new tools, update skills, or discuss common research challenges with their peers.

Cancellation Policy:

No refund will be made unless cancellations are confirmed before the close of business on Friday October 25th, 2013. There will be an $85 processing fee for cancellations after October 25th. Substitute registrations will be accepted. No partial refunds will be given for unattended sessions.

Sep
10-12
Applied Analyst Training
Location: Portland, OR
Address:
Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Room #236, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Download:   Agenda   •   Portland Hotel Information

Instructors:
  • Drew Conrad, CEcD
    Senior Program Manager, Institute for Decision Making, University of Northern Iowa
  • Martin Romitti, PhD
    Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA
Description:
The purpose of this training is to teach skills in the analysis of regional economic and labor market data through hands-on application. As a part of the training experience, participants work in teams to conduct analyses for pre-defined regions. For instance, researching areas of the country like: Texoma (OK and TX), Siouxland (IA, NE, and SD), Greater Tallahassee (FL), Springfield-Branson (MO), Albany-Schenectady-Troy (NY), and Cedar Valley (IA). Over the course of training, participants learn effective ways to build information on a region, important government and proprietary data sources, and valuable analysis techniques that promote an even deeper understanding of a region's economy and driver industries. Participants also learn about methods to research occupational employment within a region and on the use of Local Employment Dynamics data to develop additional insights. Tips for structuring information in tables and charts for public presentations are also provided. As a capstone to this training, participants will present team findings about their assigned regions.
Cancellation Policy:
No refund will be made unless cancellations are confirmed before the close of business on Friday August 30th, 2013. There will be a $135 processing fee for cancellations after August 30th. Substitute registrations will be accepted. No partial refunds will be given for unattended sessions.
May
21
Tools and Techniques for Getting High Response Rates and Good Data From Your Business Survey
Location: Nashville, TN
Tools and Techniques for Getting High Response Rates and Good Data From Your Business Survey
May
21
Open Community and Economic Data: Now, We're Really Outside the Box!
Location: Nashville, TN
Open Community and Economic Data: Now, We're Really Outside the Box!
May
20
Understanding State and Local Employment Projections to Plan for the Future
Location: Nashville, TN
Understanding State and Local Employment Projections to Plan for the Future
Mar
20-22
Basic Analyst Training
Location: Washington, DC
Address:
The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Download:   Agenda   •   Frequently Asked Questions

Presenters:
  • Jeff Chapman
    Research Manager, Pew Center on the States
  • Ron Kelly
    Director, Workforce Research and Training, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
  • Martin Romitti
    Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
  • Patty Silverstein
    President, Development Research Partners
Description:
The purpose of this training is to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of those new to community and economic development research. This training provides an overview of key data sources and effective techniques to conduct research in support of economic development strategies. Participants will discover that while there is lots of data, focusing on a few important elements and using a few proven techniques can provide tremendous insight into the local economic condition and monitoring progress over time. Training participants also engage in hands-on exercises to find and analyze data within a framework of answering practical, real-world questions that policymakers and practitioners encounter. For example, when asked to perform quality of life benchmarking, track local trends, or develop information in support of business recruitment, industry cluster building, economic impact assessments, incentive awards, and planning efforts. Ways to effectively communicate the results from this research to policy leaders and practitioners are covered.

Participants will learn:
  • Important Data Sources by Topic Area
    • Business & Employment
    • Consumer Activity
    • Demographic
    • Education
    • Residential and Commercial Real Estate
    • Tax Structure & Incentives
    • Transportation & Utilities
    • Quality of Life
    • Workforce
  • Basic Analytic Techniques
  • Basic Industry & Cluster Analysis
  • Business Location Factors
  • Principles of Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis
  • Primary Data Collection & Survey Methodologies
  • Key Customers & Their Information Needs
Sep
18-19
Basic Labor Market Information (LMI) Analyst Training
Location: Charlotte, NC
The purpose of this training is to provide analysts with an overview of the various available data sources to conduct analyses that support state and regional economic development or workforce strategies. This training provides insights into key workforce data programs followed by an overview of key economic and demographic data resources. Participants will be assigned exercises to find a variety of workforce, economic, and demographic data and asked to apply key analytic skills to practical, real-world questions that policymakers and practitioners encounter. The session will offer practical tips for experienced analysts on techniques to document the characteristics of a region's labor shed and economic base. The session will also explore techniques for communicating the results of regional workforce and economic analysis effectively to policy leaders and practitioners.
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Sep
11-12
Survey Sampling Training
Location: Portland, OR
This training is tailored to the needs of LMI agencies and applied researchers as they seek to develop sound sampling frames for statistical research. This hands-on session will feature an introduction to sampling concepts and techniques and will emphasize exercises in SPSS.
Jun
5
Conducting Workforce Studies & Using Real-time LMI in Research
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Jun
4
Using Local Employment Dynamics for Economic & Workforce Development
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Jun
8-9
How Cool Is Your City? Measuring Quality of Life
Location: San Francisco, CA
Jun
6-8
Labor Market Applied Analysis Techniques
Location: San Francisco, CA
Jun
6-7
Impact Analysis for Non-Economists
Location: San Francisco, CA
Feb
24-25
Marketing Labor Market Information
Location: New Orleans, LA
Feb
21-22
Basic Analyst Training
Location: New Orleans, LA
Sep
13-17
Data-Driven Economic Development Research Techniques
Location: Arlington, VA