Products & Services

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) produces several proprietary products and provides a variety of services to members and non-members.

Cost of Living Index

The quarterly Cost of Living Index provides a useful and reasonably accurate way to compare cost of living differences between urban areas weighted by different categories of consumer expenditures for mid-management households.

State Business Incentives Database

Starting at $345 – [Buy Now!]
Purchase the “Basic” C2ER membership and add the State Business Incentives Database as your add-on)

The State Business Incentives Database is a searchable database of incentive programs used by states for strategic business attraction.  The Business Incentives Database includes more than 1,600 incentive programs across the country categorized according to:

  • Program Category
  • Program Type
  • Geographic Focus
  • Business Need


State Economic Development Expenditures Database

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Purchase the “Basic” C2ER membership and add the State Economic Development Expenditures Database as your add-on)

Collected by aggregating state budget data, the Expenditures Database assesses total resources available for economic development activity across more than 15 functional areas and multiple funding sources using consistent funding categorizations.

Economic Diversity Index

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Purchase the “Basic” C2ER membership and add the Economic Diversity Index Database as your add-on)

The Diversity Index  helps practitioners and policy makers understand and explore key concepts related to economic diversity of all U.S. counties, states, metropolitan, and micropolitan areas.  The entropy measure of diversity was used to calculate industry-, function-, occupation-, and knowledge-based measures of economic diversity.  To provide information on the relationship of economic diversity values to the mean value and the overall distribution of diversity for the geography in question, z-scores were used to group and qualitatively classify economic diversity measures.


Technical Assistance

In cooperation with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), C2ER promotes knowledge-based economic development efforts by helping local and regional entities to implement data-driven economic development strategies.

Job Postings

C2ER maintains a list of available community and economic development research positions available from member organizations, partners, and affiliated organizations.