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.

Data Products

Cost of Living Index (COLI)

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. (Read more)

Economic Diversity Index

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.  (Read more)

EDI Data Sample

State Business Incentives Database

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, and Business Need.

State Economic Development Expenditures Database

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. The data is valid through 2023.

Purchasing Guide – Data Products


(Cost of Living index, State Business Incentives, State Expenditures, Economic Diversity Index)

Mix, match, and bundle the databases you want access to, while gaining the C2ER network and professional development benefits. Have a team who needs access? We have you covered with our option to add additional log-ins!

Join C2ER

(Cost of Living index, State Business Incentives, State Expenditures, Economic Diversity Index)

Want to offer access to our databases to a higher number of users? Consider our library application – The Regional Economic Data Toolkit (REDT)! Perfect for universities, libraries, or any organization looking to empower their communities with data driven information.

Learn more about the REDT

(Cost of Living Index ONLY)

Purchase our COLI quarterly subscription, single issues, historical data, and more COLI derived products.

Visit COLI’s Product Page

(Cost of Living Index ONLY)

Want to use and publicize our Cost of Living Index data? How about offering a COLI Calculator widget on your organizations’ website? Ask our COLI team about licensing our data and establishing your organization’s authority in the space of economic research and planning!



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.