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C2ER's webinar series connect economic development practitioners and labor market information analysts with timely information on trending topics, new resources, and best practices.

Upcoming Webinars
Oct
24
Monthly Series
KIVI: Visualizing Changes in Individual Economic Vitality

Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

The Kikai Individual Vitality Index (KIVI) aggregates and maps data from 1980 through 2010 to visualize the changes in California’s neighborhoods, by Census Tract, as the State evolved through a series of economic changes. Unlike other indices that are developed and maintained in semi-closed environments, Community Services2050 invites all qualified professionals to join the Kikai/KIVI Users Group and work with us to:

  • Refine the methodology and improve the index;
  • Propose narratives for the stories it tells; and,
  • Identify potential applications in public policy

Join the October C2ER and LMI Institute monthly webinar to learn more.

Presenters:
Matthew Boyer, Executive Director, Community Services2050
John Clerici, Mayor, City of Placerville

Pricing:
LMI Members: Free
C2ER Members: Free
APDU Members: Free
Non-members: $50.00
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Nov
14
Monthly Series
The Supply and Demand for Middle-Skill Jobs in NYC: Focus on Healthcare

Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

The New York City Labor Market Information Service is conducting a multi-year study on the supply and demand of middle-skill jobs in New York City. This project addresses the workforce community’s concerns about preparing too many or too few workers for particular occupations. This first annual study focuses on 30 middle-skill jobs in two major occupational groups: healthcare practitioners and technical and healthcare support. Findings for over 70 other middle-skill occupations are reported in aggregate.

This webinar will cover the unique multi-indicator methodology NYCLMIS used to assess supply and demand, findings and implications, and recommendations for the workforce community to address worker shortages and surpluses.

Presenters:
Ofronama Biu, Senior Research Associate, The NYC Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS)
Lesley Hirsch, Director, The NYC Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS)

Pricing:
LMI Members: Free
C2ER Members: Free
APDU Members: Free
Non-Members: $50.00
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Sep
26
Monthly Series
Assessing the Economic Impact of Workforce Center Operations

 

Webinar attendees will learn how to use a comparative wage outcomes model to assess the value added to local and regional economies by the federally funded workforce development system, both per individual placed and as an aggregate. Common measures wage outcomes data is annualized, and then these wage outcomes are compared with stable new hire earnings within the region generated from the Longitudinal Household Employer Dynamics Quarterly Workforce Indicators. The difference is the value-add.

Presenters:
Patrick Holwell, M.A. , Workforce Economist, Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Development Board
Dawn Gardner, Sector Coordinator, Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Development Board

Sep
20
LED Series
Using QWI to Quickly Write Interesting Articles

 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Cameron Macht as he presents, “Using QWI to Quickly Write Interesting Articles.” In this webinar Mr. Macht demonstrates how Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) data are an excellent resource for greater insight into the shifting demographics of industries and regions. Workforce and economic development agencies can use the data to better understand the present and plan for the future. Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economics Development (DEED) Labor Market Information office has written a wide variety of articles using QWI data to explore the aging and changing diversity of the workforce by industry and geography; including new hire trends; generational differences in earnings and turnover; educational attainment; and racial disparities.

Presenter:
Cameron Macht, Regional Analysis and Outreach Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)

Aug
8
Monthly Series
Reshoring and Foreign Direct Investment: Tools to Help Companies Decide

 

The increasing advantages of producing in America for the North American market are driving reshoring and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The Reshoring Initiative documents the trend (what, where, why, how much, etc.) and provides tools for quantifying the advantages of local production and sourcing vs. offshore. Over 300,000 manufacturing jobs have been brought to the U.S. by over 800 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and thousands of their suppliers since the manufacturing employment low of February 2010.

Join this webinar and learn how and why to use the free Initiative tools:

  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Estimator to quantify the onshore advantages
  • Case Studies for free publicity about local reshoring successes
  • Economic development and skilled workforce recruiting programs

Presenter:
Harry Moser, Founder & President, Reshoring Initiative

Jul
11
Monthly Series
Beyond the Next Paycheck: Creating Opportunities for Young Workers to Thrive

 

Financial insecurity is a national problem affecting workers across the country. This insecurity affects employers as individual worker performance and morale suffer in turn. Young, lower-income workers, are especially vulnerable and need support to develop their finances. This webinar will discuss the connection between financial insecurity and the workplace, the financial issues young, lower- income workers grapple with, and strategies employers can consider to help this developing worker group.

Presenter:
Pamela Chan, Project Director, Human Insights, Corporation for Enterprise Development

Jun
28
LED Series
Job-to-Job Flows and Earnings Growth

 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Henry Hyatt as he presents, “Job-to-Job Flows and Earnings Growth.” In this webinar, he demonstrates how earnings evolved in the U.S. economy in the years 2001-2014 on a forthcoming dataset on earnings for stayers and transitioners from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Job-to-Job Flows data product to account for the role of on-the-job earnings growth, job-to-job flows, and nonemployment in the growth of U.S. earnings.

Presenter:
Dr. Henry R. Hyatt, Senior Economist, Center for Economic Studies, US Census Bureau

May
17
LED Series
Accessibility Observatory: Access Across America

 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Andrew Owen as he presents, “Accessibility Observatory: Access Across America.” The report presents detailed accessibility and congestion impact values for each metropolitan area as well as block-level maps that illustrate the spatial patterns of accessibility within each area based on estimates from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program. It also includes a census tract-level map that shows accessibility patterns at a national scale. Visit the following link for more information, http://www.cts.umn.edu/research/featured/access.

Presenter:
Andrew Owen, Director, Accessibility Observatory

May
9
Monthly Series
Talent Wars: Top Tips for Retaining and Attracting a Quality Workforce

 

Unemployment rates across the U.S. have fallen to levels not seen since 2008 and communities and regions across the country are eager to not only retain but also grow their talent pipeline. In an increasingly challenging environment, it is now more important than ever to understand those factors that positively and negatively impact perceptions of a community as well as those factors that are most important to workers as they consider relocating for new job opportunities.

In this session, you’ll learn what is important to your workforce when considering relocation and new job opportunities and how their impressions of communities are formed. You’ll walk away with the knowledge you need to educate your employers on those factors that are important in retaining existing employees and recent graduates as well as attract new talent to your area. Based on a national survey of 1,000 individuals conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI), this analysis will provide valuable information to communities as they are faced with increasingly tight labor markets.

Presenters:
Andrew Levine, President/Chief Creative Officer, Development Counsellors International (DCI)
Robyn Domber, Director of Research, Development Counsellors International (DCI)

Apr
26
LED Series
Using Census Bureau Data for Emergency Response and Recovery

 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Dr. Robert Sienkiewicz as he presents, "Using Census Bureau Data for Emergency Response and Recovery." A topic he recently delivered at the 2017 National Hurricane Conference. When hurricanes strike, timely information is key in guiding effective operations for emergency response, mitigation and recovery. The U.S. Census Bureau has publicly available statics and is the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. In this webinar, Dr. Sienkiewicz will feature OnTheMap for Emergency Management: An intuitive web-based data tool that allows you to access detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for event areas in real time. Visit the following link, https://onthemap.ces.census.gov/em/.

Presenter:
Dr. Robert Sienkiewicz, Assistant Center Chief for the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program, U.S. Census Bureau

Apr
11
Conference Sponsor Webinar
Harnessing Big Data and Machine Learning for Investment Attraction

 

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The challenge for economic development professionals is to find the right type of industries that create lasting jobs, contribute to established industries/clusters and help retain existing businesses. On average, less than 3% of targeted prospects convert in to real investment attraction opportunities. In fact, the fundamental task of building a useful prospect list requires significant effort and background research. How can this process be enhanced with an easy-to-use tool? How can you find a one-stop shop of meaningful industry trends and growth areas across the US?

The webinar will explore the ROI Gazelle platform that uses proprietary algorithms to rate companies based on their likelihood of future expansion. The platform allows users to create highly targeted prospect lists and ultimately enhance lead conversion rates. Gazelle further facilitates the identification of growth industries via US tax return data that tracks the performance of clusters, supply chains and related industries to find the niche sectors that show the most promise for end-users.

Presenters:
Steven Jast, President, ROI Research on Investment
Dr. Nadine Jeserich, VP, Analytics, ROI Research on Investment

Mar
22
LED Series
Banning the Box: The Labor Market Consequences of Bans on Criminal Record Screening in Employment Applications

 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Dr. Stan Veuger as he presents, “Banning the Box: The Labor Market Consequences of Bans on Criminal Record Screening in Employment Applications.” Many localities have in recent years limited the use of questions about criminal history in hiring, or “banned the box.” These bans increased employment of residents in high-crime neighborhoods by up to 4%. This effect can be seen both across and within census tracts, in employment levels as well as in commuting patterns. The increases are particularly large in the public sector and in lower-wage jobs. Employers respond to Ban the Box measures by raising experience requirements. On net, black men benefit from the changes.

Presenter:
Dr. Stan Veuger, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Mar
14
Conference Sponsor Webinar
What Does a Trump Administration Mean to the National Economy

 

Trump has promised many shifts in policy under his administration. This webinar will review some of the policy changes and their implications for economic growth in the nation. Key potential changes in economic policies include the areas of corporate and individual taxes, international trade, federal spending programs, and energy. Those changes, if enacted, will affect a variety of sectors in U.S. economy.

Presenters:
Christine Chmura, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics LLC
Xiaobing Shuai, PhD, Senior Economist , Chmura Economics & Analytics LLC

Feb
21
Monthly Series
Secure and Disclosure Safe Data Dissemination and Sharing

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Providing quality access and inference of sensitive data while thoroughly protecting individuals’ privacy are the primary goals of any data dissemination or data sharing endeavor. Presenters from NORC at University of Chicago will discuss the two primary tools of data dissemination: Secure Data Access and Disclosure Limitation. Security is critical for ensuring that only trusted parties have access to the data while disclosure limitation manages the balance between disclosure risk and data utility. It is also important to consider the legal and regulatory requirements as well as contractual tools that can be used to protect the data. NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions.

Presenters:
Tim Mulcahy, Vice President, Economics, Justice, and Society, NORC at the University of Chicago
Josh Borton, Senior Data Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Feb
15
LED Series
Earnings Inequality Statistics from the LEHD

 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Dr. Jim Spletzer as he presents, "Earnings Inequality Statistics from the LEHD." Much of what we know about increasing earnings inequality comes from publicly available statistics from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These statistics show that inequality has been increasing since the late 1970s or early 1980s. Earnings inequality statistics calculated from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) data shows that individual-level inequality statistics from the LEHD are extremely similar, in both levels and trends, to the published statistics from the CPS and the IRS. The LEHD also confirms that the firm plays a large role in this increasing inequality -- 93% of the growth of earnings variance is between firms rather than within firms.

Presenter:
Dr. Jim Spletzer, LED/LEHD, Census Bureau

Jan
25
Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking by Sharing State Administrative Data
 

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In the 21st century data-driven economy, reliance on data and data analytics to improve outcomes has become the driving force behind most decision making across all sectors, including government, business, education, and research. Because government leaders are demanding greater transparency and accountability of their resources in light of tightening federal, state, and local budgets, access to reliable, accurate data is more important than ever.

To encourage data sharing among agencies and researchers within states, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) launched a two-year State Data Sharing Initiative (SDS Initiative). The SDS Initiative research aims to situate administrative data, and the intra-state sharing of such data, as invaluable resources for enhancing evidence-based policymaking efforts, enabling rigorous policy analysis, and improving program outcomes. This webinar was designed to help launch CREC's website www.statedatasharing.org and introduce the accompanying research paper: "Strengthening evidence-based policymaking by increasing support for data sharing, Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking in the States by Sharing Administrative Data."

Presenter:
Marty Romitti, Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Jan
17
Monthly Series
Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition 2.0 - An Update

 

This webinar will provide an update on and live demo of the new features of the 2.0 release of Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition. CBB: RAE makes it easier for regional economic development officials, chambers of commerce staff, and other regional planning groups to access key demographic and economic data that they need for analysis of their region. The 2.0 update, released in September 2016, adds the ability to build a region on cities/towns as well as by county; a completely new, interactive report; and mobile optimization (as well as many other enhancements). The webinar will also briefly cover the 2.0 updates to the Small Business Edition of CBB. Designed specifically for entrepreneurs and small business owners, the 2.0 update includes a new NAICS Search tool that provides access to all NAICS codes covered by the Economic Census.

Presenter:
Andrew Hait, Data Product and Data User Liaison, US Census Bureau

Dec
19
LED Series
Introducing J2J Explorer! An Innovative Data Tool on Statistics on Worker Reallocation in the United States

 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Association of Public Data Users (APDU), the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), and the LMI Institute, welcomes Mr. Matthew Graham, Mr. Heath Hayward, and Ms. Joyce Hahn as they present, "Introducing J2J Explorer! An Innovative Data Tool on Statistics on Worker Reallocation in the United States." The Job-to-Job Flows Explorer (Beta) is a web-based analysis tool that enables comprehensive access to an innovative new set of statistics. The application's interactive visualizations allow for the construction of tables and charts to compare and analyze the flows by worker and firm characteristics. Potential analyses include job flows across industries and state boundaries.

Presenters:
Matthew Graham, Chief of Product Coordination and Quality Assurance, LEHD (Census Bureau)
Heath Hayward, Geographer, LEHD (Census Bureau)
Joyce Hahn, Statistician, LEHD (Census Bureau)

Dec
13
Monthly Series
Innovation Capacity — Tools to Measure and Compare

 

The just-released Innovation 2.0 provides policymakers and economic development practitioners with a unique web-based tool for exploring any region’s capacity for innovation and comparing it to other regions. Innovation 2.0 allows users to explore the innovation indices for:

  • Human Capital and Knowledge Creation
  • Business Dynamics
  • Business Profile of Conditions and Resources
  • Employment and Productivity
  • Economic Well-Being

Join C2ER/ LMI Institute and the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University to explore the new features of the Stats America Innovation 2.0.

Presenters:
Carol Rogers, Deputy Director + CIO, Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University
Timothy Slaper, Director of Economic Analysis, Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University

Nov
30
Monthly Series
Improving Public Policy Program Outcomes: the Case for Sharing Administrative Records

 

The State Data Sharing Initiative (SDS), implemented by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, seeks to improve economic and workforce development program outcomes by increasing access to administrative records for policy analysis and program evaluation purposes. The SDS team will present the findings of a year-long research effort to examine the value of administrative data for research, the state laws and regulations that protect these data, and the data sharing experiences of data-gathering agencies and various data user groups. The SDS team will be joined by Oklahoma Tax Commissioner, Dawn Cash, who will share her first-hand experience tackling key barriers to sharing corporate tax data to better evaluate Oklahoma’s business assistance programs.

Presenters:
Dawn Cash, Commissioner, Oklahoma Tax Commission
Haden Springer, Senior Program Manager, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Nov
16
LED Series
Using OnTheMap to Measure Neighborhood Change

 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Mr. Jeff Matson as he presents, “Using OnTheMap to Measure Neighborhood Change.” Identifying and measuring gentrification has long been difficult, but perhaps at no other time more important for cities rebounding from the housing crisis of the previous decade. Since the introduction of demographic and educational attainment data into the LODES data set, Mr. Matson is now able to shed more light on this critical topic.

Presenter:
Jeff Matson, Director, Community GIS at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

Oct
26
LED Series
Competitiveness of the Michigan Construction Industry

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Dr. Leonidas Murembya as he presents, "Competitiveness of the Michigan Construction Industry." Dr. Murembya will present an in-depth analysis of the Michigan construction sector's competitiveness from a labor market perspective. Michigan's construction jobs dropped by -35 percent between 2000 and 2014. In contrast, nationwide, construction jobs fell by only 10 percent over this same period. Using the new LED Job-to-Job data, he investigates what happened to the individuals that lost their employment in this sector. How many moved to persistent nonemployment? And how many found jobs elsewhere (sectors and states)?

Presenter:
Dr. Leonidas Murembya, Economic Specialist, Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives

Oct
4
Monthly Series
Tracking the Supply and Demand for Labor in Your Region

 

How readily can workers find jobs in your region? How easily can employers find talent? How should workforce and economic developers target their resources? These questions—and more—can be addressed using data on the supply and demand for labor.

This webinar describes how you can use Labor Market Information (LMI) to understand labor supply and demand conditions in your region, with the help of labor economics concepts such as slack (tightness), matching efficiency, and mismatch. We will also discuss some of benefits and challenges of using “real-time LMI” in labor market analysis.

Presenter:
Andrew Berger-Gross, Senior Economist, North Carolina Department of Commerce / Labor & Economic Analysis Division (LEAD)

Sep
21
LED Series
Job Displacement and the Duration of Joblessness: The Role of Spatial Mismatch

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Dr. Mark Kutzbach as he presents, “Job Displacement and the Duration of Joblessness: The Role of Spatial Mismatch.” Dr. Kutzbach will explain a new approach to the measurement of the effects of spatial mismatch that takes advantage of matched employer-employee administrative data integrated with a person-specific job accessibility measure and how the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) infrastructure files and public use data play a key role in this presentation research.

Presenter:
Dr. Mark Kutzbach, Senior Economist, LEHD in the Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies

Sep
15
Conference Sponsor Webinar
Student Career Solutions: Engaging Students Through Targeted Service Delivery Systems

 

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This workshop will focus on understanding how traditional and real-time labor market statistics can be used to engage and assist students in planning their next step after high school. Geographic Solutions recently partnered with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to create a Student Career Solutions Portal. The Career Solutions Portal is an interactive career and labor market exploration tool designed specifically for students. See how the custom portal engages and guides students in their career discovery. The website provides students with real-time occupation information and educational resources, as well as a selection of useful tools to help them explore and choose the right career or education path after they graduate. The Career Solutions Portal also provides students with practical information on choosing two or four year education paths, or whether they are better suited to enter the workforce directly after high school.

Presenters:
Shannon Ramaeker, PMI-ACP, CSM, LMI Project Manager, Geographic Solutions Inc.
Deane Toler, Director of Sales & Marketing, Geographic Solutions Inc.

Aug
17
LED Series
Manufacturing Rebound in Michigan, New Insights on Job Transitions in the Manufacturing Sector

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership welcomes Dr. Aneesa Rashid as she presents, "Manufacturing Rebound in Michigan, New Insights on Job Transitions in the Manufacturing Sector." Dr. Rashid will explain new insights on the labor market dynamics in the manufacturing sector gained from the recently released Job-to-Job Flows data by the Census. Data on cross-state and cross-industry transitions will be combined with other data sources, such as the Quarterly Workforce Indicators and Business Employment Dynamics, for a new view at the manufacturing sector post-recession.

Presenter:
Aneesa I. Rashid, PhD, Economic Specialist, QCEW, Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives

Jul
26
Conference Sponsor Webinar
How Cost of Living Data and Other LMI Can Boost Your Talent Attraction Efforts

 

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Cultivating a skilled workforce in your community goes beyond partnering to train and upskill the existing workers in your region. Talent attraction and retention are also of paramount importance when forming your workforce strategies. In this webinar, Emsi will share insights from new research that combines C2ER's Cost of Living Index and its labor market data and discuss how LMI can help position your region to attract top-tier talent -- and the businesses that are looking for that talent.

Presenter:
Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing & Communications, Emsi

Jul
20
LED Series
Examining Social and Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters with OnTheMap for Emergency Management

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. Robert Pitts and Mr. Jody Hoon-Starr. Mr. Pitts and Mr. Hoon-Starr will highlight newly added social, economic, and housing data from the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Origin-Destination Employee Statistics (LODES). OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool, developed by the U.S. Census Bureau, which provides an intuitive web-based interface for viewing the potential effects of disasters on the U.S. workforce and population. Users can easily retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas.

Presenters:
Robert Pitts, Geographer and Project Manager, LEHD/LEHD
Jody Hoon-Starr, Geographer, LEHD/LEHD

Jun
29
LED Series
Using New Census Job-to-Job Flows Data for Regional Analysis: Focus on Economic Migration in New England

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

Join us as Joyce Hahn presents "Using New Census Job-to-Job Flows Data for Regional Analysis: Focus on economic migration in New England" The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Ms. Hahn as they share a new set of statistics on worker reallocation in the United States constructed from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) data. Job-to-Job Flows (J2J) provides data on worker flows resulting from job change as well as hires and separation from and to persistent non-employment spells. Also included in the new statistics are origin-destination data on workers changing jobs. In this presentation we show how the new J2J data can be used to look at economic migration in New England states. We show that New England states are generally losing workers on net to labor markets in other parts of the country. These workers tend to be younger and working in less well paying-sectors in New England states. Higher paying sectors in New England are on net importing labor from other states, and these migrants tend to be more highly educated. This type of analysis can be extended to other states and regions using the newly available J2J public use data.

Presenter:
Joyce Hahn, Analyst for the LEHD program, Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau

Jun
15
LED Series
Visualizing Job-to-Job Flows

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Matthew Schroeder. The Utah Department of Workforce Services recently used LED Job-to-Job Flows data to construct an interactive data visualization that allows industry and government patterns to easily explore the dynamic worker-flow relationships between Utah and other states through times and by industry.

Presenter:
Matthew Schroeder, Regional Economist, Utah Department of Workforce Services

May
10
Monthly Series
Making the “Gig Economy” a Tool for Economic Development

 

Labor markets are fragmenting. People are dropping out of the formal labor market and piecing together short periods of work for multiple employers. These "gigs" range from dog-walking, helping a café through its lunchtime rush, market research, driving and on-demand homecare and countless other services. Much activity is in the underground economy: bad for the workers and unfair competition for businesses who play by the rules.

Britain's government pioneered a radical alternative model for this new labor market. It involves citywide markets in which any citizen can sell hours of their choosing, on their own terms, across as many types of work as they wish. Everything is legitimate. Data informs progression opportunities, progression and innovative services. After promotion from US Conference of Mayors and the National Governors Association, American cities are increasingly interested in these markets. They are challenging to launch but could grow a city's GDP by 5 percent.

Presenter:
Wingham Rowan, Director, Beyond Jobs

Apr
20
LED Series
If You Build It Will They Come? Examining Urban Economic Growth and Development from Sports Stadiums and Arenas

 

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The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Dr. David Mitchell. Megadomes and arenas have long been thought of as a metric for a city’s ‘big time’ status and as a driver of local economic growth and development. Dr. Mitchell will use LODES data to demonstrate how constructing big stadiums creates jobs within a city.

Presenter:
Dr. David Mitchell, Director of the Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic Education, Missouri State University

Apr
14
Monthly Series
Measuring the Social And Economic Value Of Academic Research: UMETRICS @ IRIS

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Academic research in the United States is thought to be a source of much economic growth and social benefit for the nation and for regional economies. Research funds are the source of much of the R&D intensive high wage economic activity seen near a university. The mechanism by which this is thought to occur is through human contact: when people are physically close to each other, skills are easier to acquire and knowledge is easier to exchange (hence Silicon Valley, the Research Triangle, etc.). This webinar provides more information about new data being collected and analyzed in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau at a new Institute - the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) at the University of Michigan. These data provide new evidence about two mechanisms whereby the knowledge transfer that is the source of economic and social returns occurs. One is the flows of students to jobs in all sectors of the economy. The second is the role of research purchases in transmitting research-based knowledge about cutting edge techniques to firms producing scientific machinery and services.

Presenter:
Jason Owen-Smith, Executive Director, Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS)

Mar
8
Monthly Series
Improving Higher Education Program Alignment with Manufacturing Partners - Common Performance Based Objectives (PBOs)

 

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This webinar introduces the potential power that results from using common Performance Based Objectives (PBOs) to improve higher education program alignment with manufacturing partners.

In this session, we will define how PBOs reflect business-friendly language for communicating with manufacturers about their needs and priorities. The dialogue created in collecting PBOs can serve as a way to foster productive collaboration.

The collection of M-SAMC's industry-validated PBOs on an interactive web-based platform is available to anyone who wants to use them and anyone interested in contributing. Come learn more about how you can be a part of this new industry-driven process for guiding higher education programming.

Presenters:
Scott Jedele, Program Manager - Industry, Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium
Kinsey Mantay, Partnership Data Manager, Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

Feb
16
LED Series
The Spatial Structure of American Employment

 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Dr. Robert Manduca. Dr. Manduca will demonstrate how LODES data may be used to examine the concentration of suburban employment and present a method for identifying employment subcenters. He will also present a web visualization tool for the LODES data available online at http://www.robertmanduca.com/projects/jobs.html. Designed as a complement to OnTheMap, this visualization allows users to gain a quick overview of the highly complex patterns of employment within their metropolitan area.

Presenters:
Dr. Robert Manduca, Harvard University

Feb
9
Monthly Series
Behind the Screens Decision-Making: Investing Wisely in Data Visualization

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Effective data visualizations can communicate highly complex information in digestible terms where words often cannot. Delivering such products is not so simple. Experts from the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness will pose and answer critical investment questions, based on their experience creating data visualization tools for economic and workforce development audiences. Participants will learn how different organizations formulate and implement strategies for developing high-value, sustainable data visualization tools.

Presenters:
William Cook, Research Analyst/Web Developer, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Kevin Doyle, Economic Analyst, Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives

Jan
12
Monthly Series
Assessment and Evaluation for Complex Programs

 

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Programs that foster innovation and entrepreneurship and build innovation eco-systems are inherently difficult to evaluate due to the analytical distance between focused program activities and broad economic outcomes. These kinds of programs typically address a set of targeted components of an eco-system, yet they are often judged on relatively narrow, long-term outcomes such as jobs and investment. SRI uses a capability-based approach to innovation and entrepreneurship program evaluation that directly addresses this analytical challenge.

In this webinar, SRI International will introduce a program evaluation approach that focuses on clarifying the underlying program logic, improving the design of data collection systems, and developing appropriate metrics. Participants will learn how designing effective metrics can demonstrate how programs foster a capability, how that capability aggregates to an element of the economic development capacity of a place, and how that capacity is associated with target outcomes.

Presenter:
Roland Stephen, Associate Director, SRI International

Dec
16
LED Series
Job-to-Job (J2J): An Introduction to Using the Data

 

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Job-to-Job Flows (J2J) provides data on worker flows resulting from job change as well as hires and separation from and to persistent nonemployment spells. Also included in the new statistics are origin-destination data on workers changing jobs.

About our presenters:
Erika McEntarfer is the head of research for the LEHD program at the Center for Economic Studies (CES) at the U.S. Census Bureau. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech in 2002. At Census, she leads a research team working to develop new statistical measures on worker and firm dynamics from linked employer-employee data for the United States. Her own research uses this data to study the dynamics of worker reallocation and declining job mobility in the United States. Much of this research lead to the development of Job-to-Job Flows.

Joyce Hahn joined LEHD as an analyst. Before coming to Census, she worked at Evidence for Policy Design, a network of scholars and practitioners at Harvard University that works with partners across the developing world to identify problems and generate rigorous evidence that enables the effective design and implementation of policy solutions. Joyce holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Sociology from Wellesley College and a Master's degree in Public Administration/International.

Presenters:
Erika McEntarfer, Head of Research for the LEHD program, Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau
Joyce Hahn, Analyst for the LEHD program, Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau

Dec
8
Conference Sponsor Webinar
How to Win and Lose Projects with Data

 

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What story does statistical data tell site selectors about your community? Learn to harness data to attract more investment and jobs to your community. Real-world case studies and project examples will be shared to illustrate how all communities—large and small—can tap into global trends and marketplaces. Hear how economic developers around the nation are collaborating with organizations like StateBook, SelectUSA, and others to reach companies expanding and relocating from around the world.

Presenter:
Calandra Cruickshank, President & CEO, StateBook International

Nov
24
LED Series
Using LODES Data for Outcome Tracking and Community Engagement in the Promise Zones Initiative

 

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Join us on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. EST, when Drew Zachary and Margeaux Akazawa present, "Using LODES Data for Outcome Tracking and Community Engagement in the Promise Zones Initiative." The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Ms. Zachary and Ms. Akazawa as they share the use of OnTheMap in working with the Promise Zones, and other Place Based Initiatives at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

About our presenters:
Drew A. Zachary is a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, working primarily on the Promise Zones Initiative, an interagency community development program. She is currently on a rotational detail at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). Ms. Zachary holds an MPP from Johns Hopkins University and is a PhD Candidate in Social Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Margeaux K. Akazawa is a STEM Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, serving as a Desk Officer for the Promise Zones Initiative, an interagency community development program. Ms. Akazawa holds an MPH from Emory University.

Nov
19
Conference Sponsor Webinar
Using Real-Time Data to Help Define WIOA In-Demand Occupations and Industries

 

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation has clearly stressed the need to focus state, regional, and local workforce strategies on industries and occupations that are in demand and offer a substantial current or potential impact. The cornerstone of this initiative rests on the ability of staff to effectively use current labor market information and detailed real-time data to support innovative community programs and initiatives.

This webinar will focus on understanding how traditional and real-time labor market statistics can be used to identify occupations and industries in demand and their current labor market conditions. Using the Americas Labor Market Analyzer (ALMA) tool, this session will demonstrate how staff can utilize personalized dashboards and widgets to gain one-click access to vital statistics as well as robust mapping and graphing tools. ALMA simplifies the process of analyzing labor markets across state lines by showing side-by-side comparisons for multiple labor market data sets corresponding to relevant time periods, various geographic areas, occupations, industries, and other key parameters.

Presenters:
Paul Toomey, President, Geographic Solutions Inc.
Shannon Ramaeker, PMI-ACP, CSM, LMI Project Manager, Geographic Solutions Inc.
Deane Toler, Director of Sales & Marketing, Geographic Solutions Inc.

Oct
22
Monthly Series
The College Scorecard and the Utility of Higher Education Data

 

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In this webinar, experts from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) will demonstrate how economic and workforce development professionals can access and better use higher education data sources to support their work. National publically available data sources can help to provide context around the workforce and economic development opportunities within a region, and can lead to mutually beneficial collaboration. This webinar will explore a number of data sources, highlighting which data are available and where gaps in existing data persist. Among these resources will be the new U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard. The webinar will address other regional data initiatives that link workforce and higher education data as well.

Presenters:
Jamey Rorison, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
Amanda Janice, Research Analyst, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

Oct
21
LED Series
Using LEHD Data to Analyze Economic Development Districts

 

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Join us on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. EDT, when James Palma presents "Using LEHD Data to Analyze Economic Development Districts." The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. Palma as he shares how most economic development agencies use special districts to focus their efforts and to target incentives. He will also present how LEHD data can be combined with other data sources (such as NETS) to better understand the dynamics of both the working residents and non-resident workers of these districts, and to help track the effect of incentives over time.

Presenters:
James Palma, Senior Manager, Policy, Research, and Government Affairs Unit, Maryland Department of Commerce
Earlene K.P. Dowell, Consultant, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau

Sep
16
LED Series
Dynamic Mapping of Job and Labor Access for the New York Metropolitan Region

 

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Join us on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. EST, when Ms. Mandu Sen presents "Dynamic Mapping of Job and Labor Access for the New York Metropolitan Region." The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Ms. Sen as she shares the use of LODES and other data to create interactive maps that can compare job and labor market access for different locations, modes, industries and education levels in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area. The presentation will demonstrate the use of this tool for both policy scenarios and public engagement, as well as their intended use in Regional Plan Association's forthcoming strategic plan.

Presenters:
Mandu Sen, Senior Planner, Regional Plan Association
Earlene K.P. Dowell, Consultant, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau

Sep
8
Monthly Series
CareerOneStop Resources and Tools for Economic Development and Workforce Analysis

 

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CareerOneStop, the U.S. Department of Labor's flagship website for career exploration, training, and jobs, offers resources specifically for economic developers and others involved in workforce planning, development, and research. CareerOneStop resources incorporate labor market information (LMI), O*NET, real-time job postings, and other data sources to provide the most reliable information to decision-makers at every level.

This webinar will provide a brief overview of CareerOneStop and highlight the tools and resources most used by economic developers and related professionals, including:

  • CareerOneStop's Business Center, providing tools and resources for business to recruit, hire, and train a strong workforce
  • The Available Workforce tool, to easily build local, state, or national workforce profiles
  • The Business Finder, providing contact information for nearly 12 million employers
  • The Salary Finder, providing state or regional salary data for more than 900 occupations

Presenters:
Bill McMahon, Project Manager, CareerOneStop, U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration
Sandy Donovan, Analyst, Senior Editor, CareerOneStop, U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration

Aug
11
Monthly Series
The Economic Profile System: Delivering Socioeconomic Data for Decision Making

 

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Headwaters Economics created the Economic Profile System (EPS) to allow economic and community researchers to quickly and easily download socioeconomic reports for communities, counties, and states, including aggregations and comparisons.

EPS uses federal data sources—such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statics, Bureau of the Census, and others—to produce reports on a wide variety of economic, demographic, and land use trends. Free and easy to use, EPS is updated continuously with the latest published data and trends. EPS is utilized by land use planners, researchers, economic developers, university instructors, local and state elected officials, city managers, federal land management agencies, reporters, and others.

This webinar will introduce the new web-based EPS, demonstrating the breadth of the reports available and how users can create detailed reports at a variety of scales in effective formats.

Presenter:
Ray Rasker, Ph.D., Executive Director, Headwaters Economics

Jul
14
Monthly Series
Competency Model Clearinghouse Models, Tools, and Resources

 

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he U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) provides data tools that allow a variety of customers, including educators, job seekers, businesses, and workforce and economic developers, to make strategic decisions and investments. As a compliment to its O*NET occupational information, ETA supports the development of Industry Competency Models that allow customers to access skills and competency information by occupation or industry. These models provide valuable information for sector strategy initiatives.

This webinar will introduce 25 competency models available on the Competency Model Clearinghouse website, as well as worksheets and interactive tools available to customize these models to address state and local skill needs through engagement among partners from the workforce system, business, and education.

Presenters:
Pamela Frugoli, O*NET/Competency Assessment Team Lead, Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor
Lauren Fairley, MPA, GCDF, Workforce Analyst, Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor

Jun
17
LED Series
OnTheMap for Emergency Management 4.2

 

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The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. Robert Pitts as he shares the latest updates to OnTheMap for Emergency Management. He will focus on improvements, which include updated ACS data to the 2009-2013 5-year estimates, filtered search features that makes finding specific historical events easier and added feature that allows users to see all events that were active on a specific date.

About OnTheMap for Emergency Management:
Version 4.2 OnTheMap for Emergency Management provides real-time access to a range of detailed U.S. Census Bureau data about the people living and working in areas being affected by hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas.

About Our Presenter:
Our presenter will be Mr. Robert Pitts, a Geographer with the LEHD Program at the U.S. Census Bureau. Mr. Pitts has been a geographer with the LEHD Program in the Center for Economic Studies for 7 years and currently serves as the project manager for the OnTheMap for Emergency Management application. He received his Master's degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Denver University. This webinar is recommended for anyone interested in learning about public data and tools available for emergency management uses including examining the social and economic impacts of disasters.

May
20
LED Series
QWI Explorer 1.1

 

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The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcome Mr. Heath Hayward as he shares the latest updates to QWI Explorer. He will focus on labor-force analysis use cases that highlight the longitudinal, categorical, and spatial comparisons available in this easy-to-use application. Additionally, new features such as thematic mapping and sharable data tables and visualizations will be demonstrated.

About QWI Explorer
QWI Explorer is a web-based analysis tool that enables comprehensive access to the full depth and breadth of the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset. Through bar charts, line charts, thematic maps, and interactive tables, users can compare, rank and aggregate QWIs across time, geography, and/or firm and worker characteristics on the fly. Visit the following link to preview QWI Explorer before the webinar at http://qwiexplorer.ces.census.gov.

About our presenter:
Heath Hayward is a geographer in the Center for Economic Studies with the U.S. Census Bureau. He has worked on the OnTheMap project in the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Program since 2006, and took charge of the QWI dissemination project in 2012. Prior to working at the Census Bureau, Heath completed his M.S. in Geographic Information Science at the University of Denver and his B.A. in Economics from DePauw University in Indiana.

May
14
Monthly Series
Balancing Confidentiality and Access: Sharing Employment and Wage Data for Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, and Research

 

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The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), in collaboration with the LMI Institute, completed a study to better understand the legal and regulatory environment, government policies, and practices that influence data sharing activities between state government departments and other appropriate data users within their respective states. This webinar will highlight common issues and challenges encountered by data producers and users when they attempt to disclose or obtain employment and wage data as well as recommendations for advancing data sharing within and across states. Data producer and user insights will be shared by experts from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Office of Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Presenters:
Colin Chellman, Associate Dean for Institutional and Policy Research, Office of Policy Research, City University of New York
Randy Murphy, Acting Director, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Ken Poole, Ph.D., President and CEO, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Haden Springer, Manager of Technical Assistance and Training, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Apr
15
LED Series
Interactive Exploration of LEHD, A Case Study in Knowledge Discovery

 

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The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Saman Amraii. Mr. Amraii shares an interactive visualization tool for analyzing large and complex datasets using LEHD data as an example to show how responsive exploration of massive datasets accompanied by novel methods for navigating high-dimensional space can facilitate hypothesis generation.

About the Presenter:
Saman Amraii is a senior software engineer and researcher at CREATE Lab, Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a PhD student at Intelligent Systems Program, University of Pittsburgh. His research is on human-data interaction with a focus on large and high-dimensional datasets. His goal is to develop visual analytic tools, which facilitate knowledge discovery and knowledge dissemination through interactive exploration of complex data.

Mr. Amraii has a Master's and Bachelor's of Science in robotics, artificial intelligence and software engineering. He is also a two time world finalists in Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest and a member of the team achieving third place in RoboCup Rescue Simulation Competitions 2003.

Apr
14
Monthly Series
Urban Institute: Mapping America’s Futures

 

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The Urban Institute will present its newly released Mapping America’s Futures, which explores the local implications of demographic change in the United States. The tool allows users to display how 27 different scenarios—with low, average, and high assumptions for birth, death, and migration rates—will affect population growth by age and race in states as well as commuting zones, which divide the U.S. into 740 economically interdependent areas that include both metropolitan and rural counties. There are also other infographics, and all the data are available for download. Webinar participants will also be introduced to some of the methodology used to create this innovative, interactive tool.

Presenters:
Rolf Pendall, Center Director, Urban Institute, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Steve Martin, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute

Mar
18
LED Series
Redefining Nebraska’s Economic Regions

 

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The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Ms. Meyer. Ms. Meyer shares the process of developing new Economic Development Regions in Nebraska after the state gained a third Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) through maps created with OnTheMap to aid in the task of reexamining the existing regions.

About the Presenter:
Jodie Meyer has worked as a Research Analyst at the Nebraska Department of Labor for eight years in the Labor Market Information division. She works primarily on the occupational and industry employment projections and the state LED Analyst.

Mar
10
Monthly Series
PatentsView: A New Patent Data Visualization Tool

 

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PatentsView is a US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)-supported initiative to increase the value, utility, and transparency of US patent data. The initiative is part of the USPTO open data roadmap and is intended to encourage the study and understanding of the intellectual property (IP) and innovation system. The PatentsView platform eventually will include a data visualization tool, a query tool, and web developer access to an API for patent grant and application data from 1976-2014.
Feb
10
Monthly Series
Strengthening Labor Market Information with Enhanced Wage Records

 

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The Workforce Information Council is examining the feasibility of adding variables to quarterly wage records that employers are required to submit to all states under the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program. If expanded, these records could serve as an alternative source of labor market information to better inform education and training program planning and accountability, career planning, workforce program administration, and economic analysis. The leaders of this effort will present their findings to date and share insights on the potential benefits, barriers, and opportunities created by enhancing UI wage records.
Jan
13
Monthly Series
National Association of Counties 2014 County Economic Tracker

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

The National Association of Counties (NACo) will present its just released 2014 County Economic Tracker, which identifies patterns of growth and recovery in 2014 across the 3,069 county economies in the U.S. NACo experts will demonstrate the Tracker's capabilities and present 2014 results, which are based on an examination of annual changes in jobs, unemployment rates, economic output (GDP), and median home prices. In addition, they will use the Tracker to explore 2013 wage dynamics, developed by adjusting average annual pay in county economies for the local cost-of-living and inflation.

Webinar participants will also be introduced to a variety of county data resources, including profiles for individual county economies and NACo's map interactive and extraction tool, County Explorer (www.naco.org/countyexplorer).

Presenters:
Dr. Emilia Istrate, Research Director, National Association of Counties

Dr. Emilia Istrate, NACo's Research Director, is responsible for developing the research priorities in support of NACo's strategic plan and mission. Emilia joined NACo in February 2013 from the Brookings Institution, where she was a Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program. She specializes in economic development and transportation. Her research has been widely cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNN, the Atlantic, the Economist, and other media outlets.

Nov
25
Monthly Series
Approaches to Evaluating ROI for State Business Incentive Programs

 

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Business incentive programs are prominent tools for economic development, but many states are looking to strengthen their ability to better understand how these programs benefit the state. This webinar will introduce how states are evaluating the impact of business incentive programs through return on investment (ROI) analyses. Dr. Martin Romitti will present findings from a survey of states about their return on investment evaluation procedures. This survey seeks to understand the range of approaches that states take in evaluating incentive use. Neal Young from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will then provide a case example about how Minnesota approaches the issue of measuring return on investment for some of its economic development projects.

Presenters:
Dr. Martin Romitti, Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA
Neal Young, Economic Analysis Director, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Saint Paul, MN

Nov
19
LED Series
Defining High Performing Metropolitan Statistical Areas

 

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Join us as Jerry Lonergan presents "Defining High Performing Metropolitan Statistical Areas". The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. Lonergan as he shares Using LED to compare, analyze, and better understand the recovery from the 2007 recession of the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area and 14 peer MSAs. With this information, LED was used to identify potential high-performing areas within the Metropolitan region and develop support strategies for lagging areas within the MSA.

Presenter:
Jerry Lonergan is Associate Director with The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, a private-funded CEO-led organization seeking to positively impact the economic growth/quality of life for the Kansas City region. He currently serves as the research and data resource person as Civic Council in partnership with other civic/business groups conducts work to develop for Kansas City a Metropolitan Business Plan. He has developed internally a comparative data set of 40 indicators to measure and compare the region's performance with 14 peer metros. Other current projects include: tracking Kansas City's city budget issues; staffing a task force reviewing the energy, water, and technology growth potential in the region; and, developing strategies for revising leadership programs to attract more diverse participants.

Oct
21
Monthly Series
The Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) and opportunities to strengthen workforce information

 

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Michelle Massie, policy analyst for Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) and Dr. Matt Wetstein of San Joaquin Delta College will introduce the organization and discuss the opportunities and trends related to workforce data at the federal and state levels. This will include an overview of relevant federal policy and ways that community colleges can use data, such as in the creation of scorecards to show program results and using Labor Market Information for alignment.

Oct
15
LED Series
Creating an LED Template for Economic Development

 

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Join us on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. EDT, when Warren May presents "Creating an LED Template for Economic Development." The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. May as he shares how the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics (LMS) has established effective partnerships with economic development organizations across Florida. LMS frequently provide data to Florida's economic development partners to assist them in recruiting and retaining businesses in their region. The data include labor force, employment, employment by industry and occupation, employment projections by industry and occupation (demand), unemployment/unemployment rate, and wages by industry and occupation.

Presenter:
Warren May is an Economic Manager in the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. Mr. May supervises the Information Delivery and Analysis section in the agency which produces economic research, manages the LMI web site, produces agency publications and creates maps and GIS products. Mr. May is also the lead Florida staff for the Census Bureau's LEHD products and serves on the LED Steering Committee.

Sep
9
Monthly Series
New Technologies for Data Visualization

 

This webinar will demonstrate two technological tools that can be used to help manage, analyze, and report data. The webinar will highlight two resources—Tableau's data visualization tools and Socrata's suite of open data tools—and how they can support data dissemination in economic development. Melissa Maynard of the Pew Charitable Trusts will demonstrate potential Tableau applications by showing how it can be used to promote transparency in state economic development incentive programs. Jeff Kaplan from Socrata will demonstrate how their open data tools can be used to share data with the public and key stakeholders.

Presenters:
Melissa Maynard, Senior Research Associate, Business Incentives Initiative, Pew Charitable Trusts.
Jeff Kaplan, Director of Multilateral & NGO, Socrata.

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Aug
20
LED Series
Downtown Rebirth: Documenting the Live-Work Dynamic in 21st Century U.S. Cities

 

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Join us on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. EST, when Lauren Gilchrist presents results from the Center City District's (CCD) study "Downtown Rebirth: Documenting the Live-Work Dynamic in 21st Century U.S. Cities." The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership, in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcome Ms. Gilchrist as she shares the Center City District and International Downtown Association's (IDA) efforts to define the concept of "residential downtown" using the Local Employment Dynamics dataset. It will review the motivations for defining downtown, provide a rationale for using LED to define downtown residential neighborhoods, and demonstrate results from recent research examining the live/work relationship between central business districts their surrounding areas in 150 American cities.

Presenter:
Lauren Gilchrist is the Manager of Research & Analysis for the Center City District (CCD), where she oversees demographic, economic, and real estate research for the Philadelphia's largest business improvement district. Prior to joining the CCD in September 2012, Lauren worked extensively in the federal statistical and labor market information systems at the state and national levels through the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, completing research, training, and advocacy efforts to enhance workforce and economic data quality and access.

Lauren is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and holds a Master's of Science in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College and a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University.

Aug
12
Conference Sponsor Webinar
America’s Labor Market Analyzer - Data Comparisons Without Boundaries!

 

Geographic Solutions' labor market tool America's Labor Market Analyzer (ALMA) was designed specifically for analysts, economists, and statisticians to manage workforce-related information. ALMA adds a new dimension to understanding current labor market conditions and provides direction for planning and decision making – ultimately contributing to economic growth.

Users can analyze and compare labor market information seamlessly across state lines. ALMA shows side-by-side comparisons for multiple labor market data sets corresponding to relevant time periods, various geographic areas, occupations, industries, and other key parameters. The system also provides robust mapping and graphing of results for easy reporting and analysis!

The ALMA system uses our high-quality database of historical and aggregate job data that we have maintained for the entire nation since 2005. ALMA draws input from real-time data, including advertised job data, as well as surveyed labor market information data from the federally-approved Workforce Information Database (WID), to utilize both real-time and historical LMI.

In this session also learn more about ALMA's newest feature - the Education Profile - which is designed to help end users understand the linkages between education programs and completers and jobs in the labor market. The Education Profile includes Program Description, Program Completers, Related Occupations, Advertised Job Certifications, Advertised Job Demand and Licensed Certified Occupations for educational programs associated with a Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code.

Presenters:
Paul Toomey, Geographic Solutions
Shannon Ramaeker, Geographic Solutions
Deane Toler, Geographic Solutions

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Jul
22
Conference Sponsor Webinar
Using EMSI to Help Making Informed Decisions on Your Economic Strategies

 

This webinar will help you learn how to use EMSI's data tools to better understand your regional economy. Two EMSI specialists will use case studies and real life examples to demonstrate techniques and concepts that can help you develop industry sector strategies, analyze worker availability, identify high priority occupations, and target business development. During the webinar, the presenters will also introduce new features EMSI has developed for the Analyst user interface in the last eight months.

Our presenters will be John Hawkins, Sr. Consultant for Business Development, and Brian Points, Consulting Economist at Economic Modeling Specialists International.

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Jul
16
LED Series
Introducing OnTheMap for Emergency Management 4

 

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The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. Pitts and Mr. Hoon-Star as they share the release of the new OnTheMap for Emergency Management Version 4. OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool, developed by the U.S. Census Bureau, which provides an intuitive web-based interface for viewing the potential effects of disasters on the U.S. workforce and population. Users can easily retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas. The webinar will highlight recent improvements that have been made to the tool and its data offerings for users, including newly added social, economic, and housing data from the American Community Survey (ACS), greater reporting flexibility to better analyze communities affected by disaster events, and a variety of user interface enhancements.

Our presenter will be Mr. Robert Pitts, a Geographer with the LEHD Program at the U.S. Census Bureau. Mr. Pitts has been a geographer with the LEHD Program in the Center for Economic Studies for 7 years and currently serves as the project manager for the OnTheMap for Emergency Management application. He received his Master's degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Denver University.

Mr. Jody Hoon-Starr, who is also a Geographer with the LEHD Program, earned his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Colorado and his Master's degree in GIS from the University of Maryland.

This webinar is recommended for anyone interested in learning about public data and tools available for emergency management uses including examining the social and economic impacts of disasters.

Jun
19
Monthly Series
Falling Labor Force Participation: A Story of Baby Boomers, Youth, and the Great Recession

 

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Oregon’s labor force participation rate is at its lowest level since records began in 1976. Participation rates are falling in many states and in the nation as a whole. It’s a trend that predates the Great Recession but has received extra attention during the recovery. Pulling down participation rates are more workers reaching retirement age and leaving the labor force, fewer young people participating in the labor force, and the lingering effects of the recession. We’ll talk about these trends for the U.S. and Oregon and discuss participation rate trends in other states.

Presenters:
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, Oregon Employment Department
Tracy Morrissette, Research Analyst, Oregon Employment Department

May
13
Monthly Series
Understanding the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) Program and Its Applications for Regional Cluster Analysis

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

QCEW data serve as a foundational input to other Bureau of Labor Statistic programs within the California Labor Market Information Division (LMID). Representatives from the California LMID will describe the QCEW collection and production process and how these data can be used to support regional analysis. Webinar participants will also learn how the LMID has used QCEW data in their analysis of California's regional industry clusters. QCEW data are not only a core component of California's cluster analysis, but also serve as a key input for the industry projections data that help identify future job opportunities.

Presenters:
Mindy Takechi, Research Program Specialist, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, California LMID, Sacramento, CA
Justin Wehner, Research Program Specialist, Regional Analysis and Support Group, California LMID, Sacramento, CA

Apr
16
LED Series
Introducing QWI Explorer (Rescheduled)

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

This webinar was originally scheduled for February 19, 2014.

Join us on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., when Heath Hayward introduces the QWI Explorer Tool. The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program is planning to release a Beta version of the new QWI Explorer tool this spring. QWI Explorer is a new, web-based analysis tool that enables comprehensive access to the full depth and breadth of the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset. Through bar charts and interactive tables (line charts and thematic maps are in development), users can compare, rank and aggregate QWIs across time, geography, and/or firm and worker characteristics on the fly.

Presenter:
Heath Hayward is a geographer in the Center for Economic Studies with the U.S. Census Bureau. He has worked on the OnTheMap project in the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program since 2006, and has recently taken charge of the QWI dissemination project. Prior to working at the Census Bureau, Heath completed his M.S. in Geographic Information Science at the University of Denver and his B.A. in Economics from DePauw University in Indiana.

Apr
8
Monthly Series
ReferenceUSA: A Tool for Doing Business and Market Research

 

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Using a variety of realistic scenarios, a representative from ReferenceUSA will demonstrate how its new suite of business directory tools can help economic development researchers address common questions. Participants will not only learn how to identify specific companies, but will also learn how ReferenceUSA's mapping and analytics capabilities can help them learn more about the range of companies in any given place. Through another tool, participants will also see how the business dynamics in a place may change over time as a result of a large investment like the construction of a new sports arena. Many of the tools that will be demonstrated are available to C2ER members as a member benefit.

Mar
27
CCR Series
Crafting Business Attraction from Supply Chain Analysis

 

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Through a combination of primary and secondary research, the University of Northern Iowa's Institute for Decision Making (IDM) assisted the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation (NICEDC) in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, map the supply chains of several area manufacturers. Understanding these supply chain connections, IDM was able to help NICEDC better understand the community's key manufacturers and craft a more strategic business attraction strategy that leveraged these connections.

This webinar will discuss the methods used in this effort, several of the key findings, and how other communities might pursue similar efforts.

Presenter: Drew Conrad, CEcD, Senior Program Manager, The Institute for Decision Making, University of Northern Iowa

Mar
19
LED Series
QWI and Shift-Share Analysis: Tapping a Powerful Resource

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

Join us on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. EST, when Nelse Grundvig presents "QWI and Shift-Share Analysis: Tapping a Powerful Resource". The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. Grundvig as he shares the potential advantages and caveats when using shift-share analysis with the QWIs. When coupled together there is ability to create a powerful tool set which helps quantify the changes as reported in the QWI's and assist users when evaluating policy changes, shifts in the economy and highlight different aspects of the workforce.

Presenter:
Nelse Grundvig is the Wisconsin Labor Market Information Director. Nelse oversees the production of workforce information as it relates to the state economy. Previously Nelse oversaw the Labor Market and Occupational Research Group for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission from 2005-2010. There he promoted a customer-driven research process combining datasets and resources to create products to fit the needs of the customer. Nelse also worked at Job Service North Dakota from 1990 to 2005 doing applied research and economic forecasting, giving Nelse a truly unique perspective that is both comprehensive and detailed when dealing with socioeconomic information. Nelse is noted for being able to apply this perspective when addressing the needs of his customer.

Mar
11
Monthly Series
Analyzing Economic Diversity: Demonstrating an Economic Diversity Webtool

 

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Access the Economic Diversity Webtool here.

Many communities, particularly in rural areas, have long relied on one or two major industries to support their economy. When those industries struggled, the communities where they were based caught pneumonia. Not surprisingly, economic development practitioners working in those areas recognize the importance of promoting greater economic diversity, but they may not be fully aware of just how dependent their local communities are on a single industry or just a few industries.

This webinar will demonstrate a webtool—developed for the Appalachian Regional Commission—that provides a set of county-level diversity metrics for the entire US. The web tool includes data points designed to help practitioners and policymakers understand and explore several key concepts related to economic diversity. Through tables, charts, graphics, and maps, users can analyze their community's economic health, diversity, opportunities and risks, and standing versus other similar communities.

The web tool is designed to support all economic development planning and can help practitioners begin to answer several key questions including:

  1. How is my economy doing?
  2. How diverse is my economy and what risks and opportunities does that diversity present?
  3. What kind of asset is my local workforce?
  4. How is my county doing relative to similar counties elsewhere?

Presenters:
Troy Mix, PhD Candidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mark C. White, VP of Research, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC)

Feb
27
CCR Series
Using Geographic Information Systems to do Great Economic and Workforce Development Research

 

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This webinar will show researchers how they can start working in GIS today with free to low-cost systems and easy training options. Attendees will learn how they can use GIS to develop powerful economic and workforce research to help their customers succeed. Examples such as gravity modeling (Casino analysis) and creating heat maps (employment or layoff impacts) will demonstrate possible applications.

Presenter: Alan Spell, Research Manager, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center

Feb
18
Monthly Series
Understanding Trends in Natural Gas Production

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Over the past decade, the expansion of natural gas drilling (primarily through unconventional forms like ‘fracking’) has greatly influenced energy prices nationally and transformed many local economies. These developments can have important economic development implications, particularly for those locations found in current shale plays. This webinar will cover several aspects of natural gas development and its impact on natural gas prices and local and regional employment.
Jan
23
CCR Series
Accelerating Household Prosperity: Identifying Oklahoma’s Economic Systems to Focus Workforce Development

 

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Using extensive quantitative and qualitative data, Oklahoma identified regional economic drivers that create wealth, provide comparative advantage and maximize growth potential. Understanding the long term labor demands and regional applications, the state can align resources, partnerships, and the workforce system to effectively and efficiently invest in human capital to accelerate household wealth accumulation.

Our presenter will be Deidre Myers. She currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and heads the Office of Economic and Workforce Policy. Her teams provide economic, demographic, and labor data analysis to state leadership, develop and advise on economic policy formulation, and perform business intelligence for recruitment and expansion. In addition, the office manages and administers the Department of Labor WIA funds for the state of Oklahoma, advises and supports the Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development, and leads numerous statewide initiatives to grow and upskill the state's workforce. Deidre serves on the board of directors for the Council for Community and Economic Research.

This presentation is part of the CCR Webinar Series, featuring research and case studies offered by Certified Community Researchers (CCR) or those who are actively pursuing their CCR certification.

Jan
13
Monthly Series
Be Prepared: Accessing Federal Data from Non-Government Websites

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

During the last Federal government shutdown, many researchers were unable to access data from trusted sources like the US Census Bureau and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. This webinar will introduce participants to two data aggregation sites—StatsAmerica and Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)—that allow users to access data from multiple sources in a quick and efficient manner. These sites are valuable tools regardless of whether the Federal government is open or closed. Our presenters will be Yvetta Fortova from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Carol Rogers from the Indiana Business Research Center.
Dec
18
LED Series
The Recent Decline in Employment Dynamics

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

Please join us Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., when Henry Hyatt and James Spletzer present, "The Recent Decline in Employment Dynamics." The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. Hyatt and Mr. Spletzer as they share their research which documents that the rate at which workers and businesses exchange jobs has declined in the United States in recent years. Between 1998 and 2010, rates of job creation, job destruction, hiring, and separation declined dramatically, and the rate of job-to-job flows fell by about half. Little is known about the nature and extent of these changes, and even less about their causes and implications. Their work relies heavily four leading datasets of quarterly employment dynamics in the United States – the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), the Business Employment Dynamics (BED), the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), and the Current Population Survey (CPS). Mr. Hyatt and Mr. Spletzer's research paper can be found at http://www.izajole.com/content/pdf/2193-8997-2-5.pdf.

Nov
13
LED Series
Upper Valley - OnTheMap

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., the U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) invite you to attend our monthly webinar. This webinar, "Upper Valley-OnTheMap" offers a regional analysis using OnTheMap to look at a cross border area in the State of New Hampshire. The presentation will include a brief introduction to OnTheMap for attendees who are unfamiliar with the product, as well as discussion of what information OnTheMap can provide and the type of questions that can be answered using it.

Our presenter Amy Finamore, attended the University of Massachusetts Lowell where she received her Bachelor's in History with a minor in Political Science and Master's in Economics. Her graduate thesis was on the Economic Impacts of Burmese Migration to the United States. She currently works for the State of New Hampshire as a Labor Market Analyst II.

This webinar is recommended for users at all experience levels.

Sep
26
Monthly Series
Getting the Most Out of RIMS II

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

The Regional Input-Output Model (RIMS II), which is maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, is commonly used to estimate how an initial change in economic activity, such as an increase in exports of a local business, will affect the spending and hiring decisions of other local businesses. This webinar will discuss how to employ best practices when using the model’s output and how to archive the model’s results. It will also briefly discuss other developments related to the future of the program.
Sep
25
LED Series
QWI Construction and New Measures

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

Please join us Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., when Stephen Tibbets presents, "QWI Construction and New Measures" The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. Tibbets as he shares the basics of LEHD infrastructure and data sources and construction of longitudinal indicators. He also will introduce new measures of hires, separations, and associated rates.

Stephen Tibbets is an economist on the staff of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program at the U.S. Census Bureau. Stephen has been with the LEHD program since 2007 and is primarily responsible for data quality analysis and research project integration. Prior to joining LEHD, Stephen worked as an analyst with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, as well as with the Greater New York Hospital Association. He holds a B.S. from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and an M.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Aug
28
LED Series
Using Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Data to Analyze Sub-State Economies Through Recession and Recovery

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

Please join us Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. when Lecia Parks Langston presents "Using Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Data to Analyze Sub-state Economies through Recession and Recovery." The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcome Ms. Langston as she shares how LED data can be used for detailed analyses of local economies and industries over the business cycle. This webinar will cover research using LED data that illuminates the effects of recession and recovery on different demographic groups, educational levels, and industries.

Lecia Parks Langston has worked as an economist at the Utah Department of Workforce Services for more than 30 years. During six of those years she served as Chief Economist for the Department. In addition, she has supervised several Bureau of Labor Statistics cooperative programs.

Ms. Langston is currently a Regional Economist for ten counties in central and southwestern Utah. She is also responsible for producing Utah's occupational projections and is an expert in women's labor force participation.

During her term as an economist for the State of Utah, Ms. Langston has served as a president of the Wasatch Front Economic Forum (the local chapter of the National Association of Business Economists) and as an advisor on the Utah Governor's Economic Coordinating Committee. She also teaches economics courses as an adjunct instructor at Dixie State University.

Aug
21
Monthly Series
Employers Report Two-Fifths of Job Vacancies are Difficult-to-Fill

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Oregon employers reported more than two-fifths of their job vacancies as “difficult to fill” in the fall of 2012. It was the first time the Oregon Employment Department asked employers about the difficulties they face recruiting for specific job titles. Employers provided more than 1,600 comments about their difficulty filling jobs. This webinar will delve into the details of why and how the information is being gathered, and what Oregon employers told us in 2012 about their difficult-to-fill vacancies. The report can be found here.
Jul
24
LED Series
Assessing Impact of Natural Hazards on the Population and Workforce with OnTheMap for Emergency Management

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., the U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) invite you to attend our monthly webinar. This webinar, "Using OnTheMap for Emergency Management for Assessing Impact of Natural Hazards on the Population & Workforce" will provide example uses of the tool and review recent improvements to the application.

Our presenter will be Mr. Robert Pitts, a Geographer with the LEHD Program at the U.S. Census Bureau. Mr. Pitts has been a geographer with the LEHD Program in the Center for Economic Studies for 7 years and currently serves as the project manager for the OnTheMap for Emergency Management application. He received his Master's degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Denver University.

This webinar is recommended for users at all experience levels.

Jul
17
Monthly Series
Assessing Current and Future Health Workforce Needs: The New National Center for Health Workforce Analysis

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis in the Department of Health and Human Services, was established by the Affordable Care Act to provide data and information to the Nation on health workforce supply, demand, distribution and needs. The Center fulfills its mission by analyzing existing data sources, encouraging the development of improved health workforce data sets, developing projections of future workforce needs, and widely disseminating health workforce data and information. The Center also occasionally fields original data collection efforts to explore priority areas of interest. While the Center is relatively new, it has produced several reports and hopes to release health workforce projections in the coming months. One Center resource is the Area Health Resource File, which offers extensive data on health resources, population characteristics and health status by county. The Center works with the BLS to share information on health workforce needs and developments.
 

The presentation will provide a summary of Center projects and plans, sources of data on the health workforce, and observations on health care trends impacting on the future health workforce.

Jun
14
Conference Sponsor Webinar: EMSI
A Regional Comparison Between Real Time Job Postings and Traditional LMI

 

Researchers in economic and workforce development now have many tools at their disposal for workforce and strategic planning. Some tools rely on traditional methods of forecasting openings and employment growth, which generally consist of regression analysis and expert knowledge of local economies. Other tools rely on real-time data, which aggregate and de-duplicate job posting data published throughout the web. With increasing frequency researchers have access to tools that use each of these methods and are now facing decisions about which to use. To date, there has been little comparative analysis on the strengths and weaknesses of each of these approaches. For this analysis, EMSI compares current and historic job openings data from two data tools—EMSI's Analyst and Career Builder's Supply-Demand portal. Specific occupational categories are analyzed for several of the nations largest metropolitan areas, including some high growth economies and some stagnant economies. The analysis demonstrates the statistical relationships of both job openings and growth trends between the two data sets for all occupation types and specific occupational categories.

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Jun
13
Monthly Series
Using O*NET Information in Research Applications

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

This webinar will describe examples of how information from the O*NET database has been combined with other datasets for a wide variety of research projects from organizations such as the Federal Reserve, universities, and the AARP. You will also learn about the resources and research reports that are available for download from the O*NET Resource Center website, along with where and how to find them for use in your own research projects. To visit the O*NET Resource Center website, see the following link: http://www.onetcenter.org/.

Speaker: Pamela Frugoli, O*NET/Competency Assessment Team Lead, Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor
May
29
LED Series
Updates to OnTheMap

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., the US Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) invite you to attend our monthly webinar. In this webinar, "Updates to OnTheMap" learn of the most recent data enhancements to the application.

Our presenter will be Mr. Mathew Graham, a Geographer with the LEHD Program at the U.S. Census Bureau. Mr. Graham has been a geographer with the LEHD Program in the Center for Economic Studies for eight years and currently serves as the project manager for the OnTheMap application, a winner in 2010 of U.S. Department of Commerce's Gold Medal for Scientific/Engineering Achievement. He received his Master's degree in Urban Planning from UCLA and holds degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This webinar is recommended for users at all experience levels.

May
15
Monthly Series
ACT Certified Work Ready Communities: Creating a New Ecosystem for Economic Development

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

This webinar will provide an interactive overview of ACT’s Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative. Part of the CWRC initiative is reporting National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRCs) earned each month at the county, state and national level. The value to economic developers in having this workforce skill data available in real time at the local level will also be discussed. Please come with your questions – there will be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

Speaker: Debra Lyons, Vice President of Community and Economic Development, ACT

Apr
24
LED Series
How Long Is that Commute?

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

Registeration is now open for the 2013 Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership Monthly Webinar Series on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., when Rachel Strange presents, "How Long Is That Commute? OnTheMap Sheds Light on Distance from Home to Work." The US Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Rachel as she shares her findings of Indiana's statewide work-residence patterns highlighting OnTheMap's Distance/Direction feature.

Presenter:
Rachel Strange has led the production of the Indiana Business Research Center's communications and research tools since 2001. In her role as geodemographic analyst, she uses geographic information systems (GIS) technology as a way to help users throughout Indiana visualize complex information via maps and graphics.

Rachel is managing editor of the center's print and web publications, which include InContext and the quarterly Indiana Business Review. In addition, Rachel is the author of numerous analytical articles and she oversees the design of the center's many websites.

Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Indiana University and a Master's of Public Affairs from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with a dual concentration in policy analysis and economic development. She is a member of the Indiana Geographic Information Council.

Apr
18
Monthly Series
Using Real-Time Labor Market Information Lessons from the New York City Labor Market Information Service

 
Presenters:
  • Lesley Hirsch
    Director, New York City Labor Market Information Service
  • Ronnie Kauder
    Senior Associate, New York City Labor Market Information Service
Description:

This webinar will describe why and how the New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS) utilizes uses real-time LMI in the service of its community college and City education and workforce customers as a complement to traditional sources of LMI. Real-time LMI is used to give the workforce development community a "snapshot" of labor demand each month, to help education and training providers align curriculum and job development efforts with the marketplace, and to explore and validate career paths. Join us as the NYCLMIS shares its reports, tools and thoughts on this cutting-edge technology.

Publicly available labor market information (LMI) provides a broad picture of what has already occurred in the labor market. There is a real and unmet need for current, reliable, geographically and occupationally specific information about the changing dynamics of labor supply and demand to align education and workforce efforts to the demands of a fast-changing labor market. The private market has stepped in to meet the need for "real-time LMI" over the past several years. It is called "real-time" because it provides insight into current and emerging supply and demand trends, occupations, skill requirements, and demand for education and other credentials.

Mar
21
LED Series
Introducing the LED Extraction Tool

 

The webinar recording and a PDF copy of the presentation are publicly available here

Join us on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 1 p.m., when Heath Hayward introduces the LED Extraction Tool. The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program is planning to release a Beta version of the new LED Extraction tool this spring. This tool features access to the complete set of raw data tables from the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) data product – specifically benefitting advanced LED data users by providing access to all 30 QWIs, the ability to query specific rows and geographic/industry clusters, and an improved QWI data schema for simpler data linkages.
Mar
14
Monthly Series
What's New with American FactFinder: A Census Demonstration of New and Enhanced Features

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

For additional information, click the following link for the Census UStream Channel: http://www.ustream.tv/uscensusbureau. Many helpful videos are available, such as "New Data Access Tools," which includes a short demo of the updated American FactFinder features. If you have questions, contact the Census Helpline at 1-800-923-8282.

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar demonstration of new and enhanced features in American FactFinder. The demonstration will highlight features such as Community Facts and Guided Search and will provide some brief examples of searching for data in American FactFinder. The presentation will also include some time for questions and answers.

Rob Chestnut is the branch chief for the Data Access and Dissemination Systems (DADS), Requirements and Stakeholder Relations Team (RSR). He joined the DADS program in 2008 and oversees a team that acts as liaisons for the DADS Program stakeholders and data providers. Rob also oversees all the communications, training, and outreach activities for the American FactFinder. Prior to joining the DADS team, Rob worked in the Foreign Trade Division at the Census Bureau.

Feb
13
Monthly Series
Improving Investment Decision-making and Communication with EDA's Triple Bottom Line Tool

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Economic development investors and decision-makers are increasingly seeking ways to ensure that their investments align with goals for social, environmental, and financial performance – what’s referred to as the triple bottom line (TBL). The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) has responded to this need by creating an on-line tool that can be used to improve design, decision-making, and communication about investment alignment with TBL goals. The TBL Tool was developed with significant practitioner input and is responsive to a wide range of communities.

The Beta version of the TBL Tool was launched in late August and can be accessed at http://www.tbltool.org/. This webinar will review the TBL Tool, including a brief introduction by Dr. Janet Hammer, program director, followed by ample time for questions and answers.
Jan
16
Monthly Series
Connecting Young Adults to Opportunity: Findings and Recommendations from KIDS COUNT

 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

This webinar will focus on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Youth and Work Policy Report on restoring teen and young adult connections to opportunity. Multiple and flexible pathways are needed by young people to achieve credentials, employment and economic success. This requires a combination of work experience, education, training and supports. The status of youth employment and recommendations for restoring teen and young adult connections to opportunity will be described. The Policy Report can be found at: http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/Y/youthandworkpolicyreport/kidscountyouthandwork.pdf
Dec
12
Introduction to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Over 29 million students attended the approximately 7,200 Title IV eligible postsecondary institutions in the U.S. in 2011-12. What are the demographics of this student population? What degrees and certificates were awarded by these institutions? These questions, and many more, can be answered using data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

All postsecondary institutions participating in the Title IV Federal financial aid programs are required to participate in the IPEDS data collection and all data collected through IPEDS is made publicly available through the IPEDS Data Center, an online data dissemination tool. Join this webinar to learn more about the data collected in IPEDS and how to access this data through the IPEDS Data Center and other data dissemination tools.
Nov
29
State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database
 
State economic development spending has declined during the past couple of years after many years of growth. How do we know? The Council for Community and Economic Research has tracked this data for years – creating the only "apples-to-apples" comparison of state investment in economic development.
 
C2ER is pleased to announce that the data are now in an easy-to-use web interface available here. With this new member benefit users can now monitor state spending on 15 different economic development program areas, compare that information over the past several years, and even compare your state to others.
 
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Nov
28
Data Dissemination Group Presentations: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
 
Join us for webinars with representatives of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis as they present their proposals to update their websites and data accessibility.
Nov
28
LED Series
California’s Older Workforce Untapped Value for Today’s Businesses

 
The revival of the nation’s economy has been hampered by the lack of employment opportunities for workers displaced as a result of the 2008 recession. Negative perceptions coupled with a tight job market have made the challenge of finding work increasingly difficult for one segment of our nation’s workforce in particular; older workers. LED data can be used to inform workforce development agencies and job seekers about the employment trends associated with this valuable segment of the workforce.

Download the presentation video and materials at: www.c2er.org/ledwebinars
Nov
13
Data Dissemination Group Presentations: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Join us for a webinar with representatives of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as they present their proposals to update their website and data accessibility.
Nov
8
Data Dissemination Group Presentations: U.S. Census Bureau
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Join us for a webinar with representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau as they present their proposals to update their website and data accessibility.
Oct
25
Regional Cluster Mapping
 
The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School was selected by the Economic Development Administration to lead the Cluster Mapping Project for the United States. The project aims to provide policymakers and development practitioners with rich data and tools for understanding industry clusters in every region of the country; tool kits and case studies to assist in formulating economic development strategies; and a platform for connecting with others interested in cluster-based economic development. This webinar will provide insight into the Project's inputs and demonstrate how practitioners can benefit from the newest updates to the website. The current site is available here: http://clustermapping.us/index.html.
Oct
17
LED Series
Introducing New Quarterly Workforce Indicators by Firm Age and Size

 
Erika McEntarfer, Lead Economist for the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Economic Research Group for the Center for Economic Studies of the U.S. Census Bureau, will highlight new and upcoming LED data enhancements. The new data on firm age and size are now available, with the integration of self-employment data and job-to-job flows still to come. Ms. McEntarfer will also give an overview of the new QWI Online 2 coming in 2013.

Download the presentation video and materials at: www.c2er.org/ledwebinars
Sep
25
An Introduction to RIMS II
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenters:
  • Zoe Ambargis
    Chief, RIMS II Section – Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Ian Mead
    Chief, Regional Product Division – Bureau of Economic Analysis
Description:
The Regional Input-Output Model (RIMS II), which is maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, is commonly used to estimate how an initial change in economic activity, such as an increase in the exports of a local business, will affect the spending and hiring decisions of other local businesses. This webinar will introduce participants to the common uses of RIMS II and provide tips on how to use the model's output.
Sep
7
Introduction to Surveys Webinar III: Designing the Survey Instrument
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenters:
  • George Foster
    Economist – Brandt Information Services
    Economist Supervisor – Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (retired)
  • Ron Kelly
    Director, Workforce Research & Training – Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Description:
This webinar will provide an overview of important issues in survey design. Topics covered will include:
  1. Tips for question writing
  2. Tips for cover letter writing
  3. Field testing considerations
Sep
6
Introduction to Surveys Webinar II: Pre-Survey Activities
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenters:
  • George Foster
    Economist – Brandt Information Services
    Economist Supervisor – Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (retired)
  • Ron Kelly
    Director, Workforce Research & Training – Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Description:
This webinar will cover key considerations for survey managers before putting a survey "on the street." Topics covered will include:
  1. Time, cost, and communication management
  2. Survey follow-up and respondent tracking
Sep
4
Introduction to Surveys Webinar I: Defining the Purpose of the Survey
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenters:
  • George Foster
    Economist – Brandt Information Services
    Economist Supervisor – Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (retired)
  • Ron Kelly
    Director, Workforce Research & Training – Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Description:
This webinar will introduce participants to the key considerations and questions they must consider before implementing a survey research project. Topics covered will include:
  1. Advantages and disadvantages of common survey types
  2. Identifying survey recipients
  3. Defining key concepts
Aug
22
Workforce Data Quality Campaign: For Data on All Pathways & Labor Market Outcomes
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenters:
  • Andy Van Kleunen, Executive Director
    National Skills Coalition
Description:
Almost a half billion dollars in federal resources have driven "data quality" reforms for our states' K-12 education systems, but there has been comparatively little federal attention to the promotion of similar data reforms across our workforce development and post-secondary programs. As a result, there are tens of millions of Americans currently upgrading their basic, technical and academic skills across our ABE, TANF, CTE, WIA and community college programs who essentially "don't count" when most governors look at centralized data indicators for how well they're preparing state residents for skilled careers. Likewise, those state policy assessments are often made without reference to the best labor market information available for identifying where there are industry skill gaps, nor with full acknowledgment of the non-degree, industry-recognized credentials that are often the most in demand when employers are looking for new hires. To raise policymakers' awareness of the need for greater alignment across and utilization of all of these data sources, National Skills Coalition (NSC) has convened a range of national and state stakeholders to launch a Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC). This webinar will introduce participants to the data gaps that the WDQC has identified as in need of policy and regulatory reform and will offer some ideas for bringing more programs, more students, and the full range of labor market outcomes into education and workforce policy discussions.
Jul
19
Labor Market Information Customers and Their Needs
 
Presenters:
  • Gary Crossley, Executive Director
    Workforce Information Council
  • Anthony Dais, Employment & Training Administration
    US Department of Labor
  • Keith Ewald, Project Manager, Workforce Analytics
    Office of Workforce Development
    Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • Sue Mukherjee, Director
    Center for Workforce Information & Analysis
    PA Department of Labor & Industry
  • Frank Waligorski, Assistant Regional Commissioner
    US Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Philadelphia Region Federal-State Programs Division
Description:
The Workforce Information Council's Customer Consultation Study Group (CCSG) is charged with developing and implementing methods for obtaining feedback from labor market information (LMI) customers regarding the relevance, adequacy, and usability of available LMI and the methods of delivering that information. The CCSG, in partnership with the LMI Training Institute, recently released the report "Labor Market Information Customers and Their Needs: Customer-Oriented LMI Product Innovation." This report summarizes the key challenges facing state labor market information agencies and identifies the workforce information customer groups that use state LMI data. It also provides an assessment of state LMI customer needs, a summary of what states currently produce, how they disseminate what they produce, and how they solicit feedback. Join us for a webinar that discusses the report and provides perspectives from key LMI partners on ongoing efforts to meet customer needs.
Jul
18
LED Series
Customizing a State’s Local Employment Dynamics to Facilitate Use of LED Data

 
Presenter:
  • Bradley Keen, Statistical Analyst
    Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Description:
This presentation will focus on Pennsylvania's customized use of Local Employment Dynamics (LED) data. It will display the Local Employment Dynamics Access Database created by Pennsylvania and distributed to local area workforce investment boards. It will also highlight examples of the integration of LED Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) data with existing data sets for use in monthly and customized reports. It will also demonstrate, in greater detail, how other states can use the database structure to create their own customized LED database.

Download the presentation video and materials at: www.c2er.org/ledwebinars
Jun
20
LED Series
OnTheMap for Emergency Management

 
Presenter:
  • Robert Pitts, U.S. Census Bureau
Description:
Discover OnTheMap for Emergency Management Version 3 new features that improves access to and utility of Census workforce and demographic data for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities including incorporating Federal Disaster Areas, Snowfall Forecasts, and 2010 Census demographic and housing characteristics.

Download the presentation video and materials at: www.c2er.org/ledwebinars
Jun
19
The Cost of Living Index: Applications for Business and Community
 
Presenters:
  • Dean Frutiger, COLI Project Manager
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  • Herb Holloway, Research Economist, Southeastern Business Research Center, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond LA
  • Roberta Steen, Senior Market Analyst, Jones Lang LaSalle, Miami FL
  • Adrienne Johnson, Research Project Manager, Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis TN
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Description:
C2ER's Cost of Living Index has been published quarterly since 1968. Originally titled Inter-City Cost of Living Indicators, this venerable project has attracted a range of uses and a widely varied audience since its inception. This webinar focuses on three of the most common uses. As many of our subscribers and participants are academic, we will discuss its use as an academic tool. Following will be a discussion of its use in business relocation operations. Finally, its use in community development will be discussed by the lead researcher in a prominent local chamber of commerce.
 
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Apr
26
Informing LMI Customers: Colorado's LMI 101 Online Course
 
Presenter:
  • Dee Funkhouser, Manager, Training and Outreach
    Labor Market Information, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Description:
LMI is often a mystery to workforce center staff, educators and business leaders. This webinar will discuss the development of a new product designed to increase the use of labor market information by customers. Developed by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's Office of Labor Market Information, LMI 101 On-Line is an e-learning product with seven modules. The first six modules are less than 10 minutes in length and cover the various data collection programs. Module Seven is an applied game using data from Colorado's LMI Gateway website. A brief demonstration of the course will be included in the webinar.
Mar
13
Analyzing BLS Business Employment Dynamics Data
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenter:
  • David Talan, Supervisory Economist
    Business Employment Dynamics
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Charles Carson, Economist
    Business Employment Dynamics
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
Description:
This webinar will provide an overview of general concepts and basic methodology for Business Employment Dynamics (BED) data. The presenters will discuss some uses of BED data and provide examples from articles and research by BED program office staff.
 
About the Data:
In preparation for the webinar, participants may want to acquaint themselves with BED data by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website: http://www.bls.gov/bdm/
Feb
28
New Enhancements to the Local Employment Dynamics' Quarterly Workforce Indicators & OnTheMap
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenter:
  • Erika McEntarfer, PhD
    Economic Research Team Lead, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics
    Center for Economic Studies
    U.S. Census Bureau
Description:
This presentation will feature new data elements available (and soon to be available) in Census Bureau's Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) and OnTheMap, including economic data by worker race and ethnicity, education, and employer age and size.
 
About the Data:
In preparation for the webinar, participants may want to acquaint themselves with QWI and OnTheMap by visiting the following LEHD websites:
- http://lehd.did.census.gov/led/datatools/qwiapp.html
- http://lehdmap.did.census.gov/
Jan
18
The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2010
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenters:
  • Trudi Renwick, Chief, Poverty Statistics Branch
    Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division
    U.S. Census Bureau
  • Kathleen Short, Economist
    Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division
    U.S. Census Bureau
Description:
In November, the Census Bureau, with assistance from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and in consultation with other appropriate agencies and outside experts, introduced a new measure of poverty to complement the official measure, which has been in use since the 1960s. The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) is intended to better reflect contemporary social and economic realities and government policy effects and thus provide a further understanding of economic conditions and trends. This presentation will provide some technical background on the differences between the SPM and the official poverty measure and present estimates of the prevalence of poverty at the national level – overall and for selected demographic groups – for both the official and supplemental measures.
Dec
9
2011 C2ER Community & Economic Research Awards Recipient: Edward Lowe Foundation
Edward Lowe Foundation's YE+

 
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In Recognition of Excellence in Data Collection and Dissemination Efforts:
The Edward Lowe Foundation has created a unique subscription service, YE+, for YourEconomy.org. YE+ is an online research tool that makes it easier for economic development professionals to track business performance and job creation over time.
For more information on the awards and recipients, visit http://c2er.org/conference/2011/?Awards=Yes.
If you have any questions on YE or YE+, you can contact T.J. Becker or Gregg Cole.
Nov
1
Annual Conference Sponsor Webinar: A User Perspective on Monster Government Solutions' Real-time Labor Intelligence
 
In the past three years, numerous projects focused on workforce, educational, and economic development have used Monster Government Solutions' real-time talent demand and supply side data and analysis. This webinar will present the experiences and expertise of several researchers who have used Monster's RLI and their ideas about how to apply real-time data to help inform key decisions related to critical issues in economic and workforce development. The presenters will discuss the "best fit" for RLI, how it can supplement other data sources, and their views on new ways to use RLI in the future.
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Oct
28
Social Media for Economic Development
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenters:
  • Eric Simundza, Product Manager - GIS Planning/ZoomProspector
  • Anatalio Ubalde, CEO - GIS Planning/ZoomProspector
Description:
Learn how to use social media to achieve your economic development goals and how social media is changing economic development. In this webinar you will discover how to match your goals with the social media platform that makes sense for you and get technical knowledge on the set-up and maintenance of social media strategies. You will also learn the results of a new national survey of how economic development organizations use social media. Topics and platforms will include Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
Oct
7
2011 C2ER Community & Economic Research Awards Recipient: Indy Partnership
2011 Labor Study

 
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In Recognition of Excellence in Support for Business Development:
The 2011 Labor Study supports regional leaders and policymakers in their strategic efforts to determine areas of economic strength and opportunity for the region. For example, knowledge of the region's employment location quotients provides direction for targeting industries and aids in resource allocation decisions.
For more information on the awards and recipients, visit http://c2er.org/conference/2011/?Awards=Yes.
Sep
28
2011 C2ER Community & Economic Research Awards Recipient: Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC)
Economic Analysis of Casino Applicants for Missouri's Gaming License

 
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In Recognition of Excellence in Project Impact Analysis/Program Evaluation or Assessment:
This report examines the current casino operators and markets, the license applicants, and the economic impacts associated with a variety of scenarios to provide the commission with a broad understanding of the economic issues. The analysis serves as one measure for MGC consideration as it makes the important decision to award the state's one remaining casino license.
For more information on the awards and recipients, visit http://c2er.org/conference/2011/?Awards=Yes.
Sep
27
The Potential and Realities of Real-Time Data & Green LMI
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenters:
  • Tamara Jayasundera, Assistant Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
  • Dmitri Repnikov, Senior Research & Statistics Analyst, Vermont Department of Labor
Description:
The Northeast Research Consortium has spent over 18 months taking a close look "under the hood" at real-time online job postings to determine their value to LMI Analysts, Job Counselors, Community Colleges, and the workforce in general. This webinar will discuss what they have found regarding what real-time data is, what it can do, what it cannot do, and how it compares with traditional data. The presenters will also discuss the Consortium's approach towards identifying green postings, including how green occupations compare to O*NET green occupations, how they developed green clusters, and how postings breakdown by green cluster.
Sep
20
2011 C2ER Community & Economic Research Awards Recipient: Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
CERC Dashboards Interactive Web-based Tool

 
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In Recognition of Excellence in Data Collection/ Dissemination Efforts, including Web-based systems:
The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) created an interactive, web-based tool known as The CERC Dashboards, which provides a unique and critical perspective on Connecticut's competitive performance. The graphics presented in the Dashboards use both well-established and newly developed and compiled measures to benchmark the state's current conditions and its growth in a number of critical categories.
For more information on the awards and recipients, visit http://c2er.org/conference/2011/?Awards=Yes.
Aug
31
Estimating a Community's Potential Available Labor Force: Iowa's Laborshed Survey & Analysis Process
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenters:
  • Drew Conrad, Sr. Program Manager, Institute for Decision Making & Special Projects Manager, Business & Community Services, University of Northern Iowa
  • Paula Nissen, Bureau Chief, Regional Research & Analysis, Iowa Workforce Development
Description:
For over a decade, Laborshed studies have been conducted in Iowa to provide community economic developers and existing or prospective employers a flexible tool to understand the local labor market and make informed expansion and site selection decisions. This webinar will provide an overview of the Laborshed survey and analysis process used in Iowa by Iowa Workforce Development. Presenters will share samples of the estimates and data produced from a Laborshed analysis, and a variety of examples will be provided of how employers, economic developers, and others have used Laborshed results.
Jul
28
Tips and Tricks for Using the New American FactFinder
 

The webinar video and handouts are available in the C2ER Member Area under "Conference & Training Presentations".

Presenter:
Nancy Gemignani, Research Specialist, California State Census Data Center, State of California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit
Description:
Are you frustrated by the Census Bureau's new American FactFinder? Can't find the data you want? This webinar will provide a how-to demonstration to get the tips and tricks you'll need to successfully use the new American FactFinder. The webinar will also cover when the Census Bureau plans to move other data sets, such as the American Community Survey, to the new FactFinder.
May
26
Analyzing the Creative Sector
 
Presenters:
  • Chris Beacham, Director of Economic Development Programs
  • Jenna Bryant, Senior Research Analyst, Regional Technology Strategies, Inc.
Description:
Over the past several years there has been a growing understanding of the economic potential of a community's creative economy - its talent, enterprises, and institutions - and the vital role the creative sector plays in terms of employment, community empowerment, economic competitiveness, enhanced quality of life, and skill building. Maximizing the economic impact of the creative cluster begins with an effort to document the size, strength, characteristics, location, and growth of the cluster. This discussion will focus on the quantitative and qualitative data needed to increase understanding and improve the perception of the importance of creative industries to the public and policymakers.
Apr
13
Measuring Your Innovation Economy
 
Presentation: Presentation (PDF)
Presenter:
Erik Pages, President & Founder, EntreWorks Consulting
Description:
This webinar is designed to help participants develop their own Innovation and Entrepreneurship Index to measure and benchmark how their region compares to others on dimensions of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business development. The presentation will include a review of the state of the field, effective measures for tracking local performance, and strategies for communicating and marketing this research. Participants will also receive hands-on guidance for how to develop their own metrics systems.
Mar
15
Innovative Web Applications for LMI
 
Presentations: Presentation 1 (PDF) & Presentation 2 (PDF)
Presenters:
  • Carol Rogers, Deputy Director & CIO, Indiana Business Research Center
  • Erol Yildirim, Senior VP for New Products, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Description:
The dissemination of Labor Market Information changes as new technologies emerge. This webinar will provide a comparison of tools and key features that state LMI agencies are currently utilizing. It will then explore specific web applications created by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and its partner, the Indiana Business Research Center, which created Stats America.
Feb
10
Connecting LMI and Frontline Workforce Staff
 
Presentation: Presentation (PDF)
Presenters:
Jane Field, LMI Trainer, Labor Market and Economic Analysis, Washington State Employment Security
Anita Davis, WorkSource Specialist, WorkSource Thurston County
Description:
True or False: The data LMI shops produce are powerful tools for assisting job seekers in their search for employment. True. Job seekers receive renewed energy and purpose in their hunt once they obtain LMI data that assists them in identifying employers and positions in their field of expertise. It broadens their perspective of what types of jobs they can apply for and increases their pool of potential employers. This webinar is designed to provide workforce staff with a taste of what LMI data is available to them and how it might be used in their work.
Jan
19
Understanding Local Employment Dynamics
 
Presentations: Presentation 1 (PDF) & Presentation 2 (PDF)
Presenters:
  • Tom Tveidt, Research Economist, Syneva Economics LLC
  • Brandon Hooker, Research Program Specialist, Labor Market Information Division, California Employment Department
Description:
What is Local Employment Dynamics (LED)? How do you access LED data? How can you use LED? These questions and more will be answered in this introductory webinar on the Census Bureau's Local Employment Dynamics Program. Participants will develop a basic understanding of how to use the Census Bureau's OnTheMap tool, Quarterly Workforce Indicators, and applying LED for labor market information analysis.