C2ER met with Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee to discuss BLS budget issues

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C2ER met with Justin Gibbons and Stephen Steigleder, staffers for the Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee on April 25 to discuss BLS budget issues.

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Census, Current Population Survey, and “questions”

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The Census was all over the news yesterday, as reactions stacked up in response to changes health insurance coverage questions raised concerns that quality of data could be degraded, especially with regard to the Affordable Care Act.

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How economic development programs target industries

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While many state economic development programs aim to provide incentives to businesses from any industry, a large proportion of state programs target their incentives at specific industries.

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Ellen Harpel on Evaluating Incentives Programs

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Economic development organizations across the country use a wealth of incentives to attract businesses and encourage investment.

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Public data making the rounds in the media

As the appropriations process gears up on Capitol Hill, government officials, advocates, and journalists are making the case for preserving public data.

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Drew Conrad discusses business attraction, supply chain analysis

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Drew Conrad, CEcD, discussed business development activities resulting from supply chain analysis in northern Iowa, as part of C2ER’s Certified Community Researcher webinar series.

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COLI cited in Governing Magazine minimum wage story

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In a Governing magazine story, C2ER’s Cost of Living Index was used to translate the national minimum wage narrative to a more localized level.

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BEA to restore LAPI program

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has announced that it will restore a portion of statistical detail to its Local Area Personal Income (LAPI) program.

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C2ER calling on Congress to restore, modernize BLS budget

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C2ER has learned that the Senate and House are developing appropriations proposals that must ready in the next few weeks. To that end, C2ER will be coordinating outreach to both committees, as well as to key individual members of each, calling on the House and Senate to increase the total Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) budget request to $631.4 million.

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Proposed ED budget cuts from FY2015 state budget proposals

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Based on early releases, FY2015 State Budgets include new funding and some major funding increases for economic development financing, especially venture capital, accelerator, and research and development programs. Here are highlights from MA, WV, and TN.

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