Products & Services
The Council for Community and Economic Research
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
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
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.
C2ER is dedicated to improving the skills of community and economic development research professionals. In cooperation with the LMI Institute, C2ER offers a comprehensive training program for economic development and labor market information analysts and develops and delivers customized training.
C2ER's primary professional certification, Certified Community Researcher (CCR), is the industry standard for recognizing excellence in community and economic research. CCRs undertake a rigorous course of training and evaluation to earn this distinction.
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.
C2ER maintains a list of available community and economic development research positions available from member organizations, partners, and affiliated organizations.