The Council for Community and Economic Research

Weekly Update

The C2ER Weekly Update is an informational "one-stop" for economic development and labor market researchers. The Weekly Update is delivered to C2ER members every Thursday via email and includes information on:

  • Upcoming C2ER / LMI Institute training events and webinars
  • Important research highlights from the past week's news
  • C2ER technical assistance publications
  • Federal testimony and calls for comment on economic development- and workforce-related issues

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The Latest Update: Thursday, September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019


Join us at the Foundations of Applied Economic Development Research Training October 28 - 30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA. This customized course teaches researchers how to maximize data resources and deepen analytical skills. Attending this class will enhance your ability to communicate your region's strengths to attract and retain business and increase your potential to earn grant dollars. 

Early bird rates end October 4th

Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, these sessions introduce novice community and economic development researchers to key data sources and research techniques that support state and regional economic development planning and programming.


Topics include: 


  • Understanding core economic & other data sources 
  • Identifying economic drivers and clusters 
  • Analyzing populations & assessing workforce capacity 
  • Comparing your regional economy to others 
  • Communicating effectively with customers, including granting agencies 


Target Audience: This course is designed for novice community and economic development researchers. Beginners in related fields, such as labor market analysis and workforce development, are encouraged to attend our Basic Labor Market Information (LMI) Analyst course. The next Basic LMI Analyst course will be held November 4 - 5, 2019. (See our list of trainings

Featured Event

C2ER/LMI Institute Monthly Series Webinar: 

Understanding State Economic Development Spending 

September 19, 2019

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST 

The State Economic Development Expenditures Database is a powerful tool for comparing and tracking economic development spending trends across states and years. In this webinar Mereb Hagos, Expenditures Program Manager, will provide users information on the latest updates to the database; provide a step by step guide on how to navigate the database and export data; and how to create an analysis of economic development trends at the national level.

This tool can be used by policy makers, state officers, and economic development professionals for the following:

  • Learn to develop new policy recommendations
  • Be able to compare and/or evaluate existing budget allocations at the state level
  • Demonstrate how to highlight spending in a particular state

Pricing: C2ER, LMI Institute, and APDU Members: Free

Non-Members:   $50.00

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C2ER/LMI Institute Events

LED Webinar:

D.C.'s Startup Scene, Part II: Opportunity Costs 


September 18, 2019 


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST 

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Pricing: FREE

C2ER/LMI Institute Monthly Series Webinar: 


Understanding State Economic Development Spending 


September 19, 2019 


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST 


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Pricing: C2ER, LMI Institute, and APDU Members: Free 


Non-Members:   $50.00 


LMI Institute Data Visualization Training

Basic Data Prep & Visualization with Tableau 

September 24 – 25, 2019 

Arlington, VA

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Foundations of Applied Economic Development Research

October 28 – 30, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA

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Basic LMI Analyst Training 


November 4 – 5, 2019 


Sacramento, CA 


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Applied Analyst Training 


November 13 – 15, 2019 


Baton Rouge, LA 


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Other Events

Reimagining the Rural West Initiative  


October 1, 2019 


Fargo, ND 

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Center for Economic Development 2019 Fall Regional Economic Summit 


North State Connected: Broadband for Rural Communities 

October 2, 2019

Susanville, CA 

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National Council for Workforce Education 


2019 NCWE Conference - Mission Possible: Preparing a Future-Ready Workforce 


October 8 – 9, 2019 


San Antonio, TX 


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U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Talent Forward 2019 


October 24, 2019 


Washington, DC 


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2020 Census Ongoing event

Complete Count Committees

Ongoing Event

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