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, November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018


Cost of Living Index Quarter 3 Has Been Released

Among the 268 urban areas that participated in the third quarter 2018 Cost of Living Index, the after-tax cost for a professional/managerial standard of living ranged from more than twice the national average in New York (Manhattan) NY to almost 25 percent below the national average in Harlingen, TX.  

To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication, and the better reflect recreational activities available, C2ER updated the Index to now include the price for a one-hour drop-in yoga class. With this new data, we thought users would be interested to compare the top five more and five least expensive cities to practice yoga.

Featured Event

C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference/Forum Call for Proposals

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C2ER Conference and LMI Institute Forum Call for Proposal Submissions Due Tomorrow. 

Breakout sessions are a key component to the success of our conference. They enable our attendees to share, learn, converse, and interact with one another on topics of mutual interest and compare data collection practices, visualization tools, and lessons learned in the field.

The C2ER Annual Conference/LMI Institute Annual Forum theme for 2019 is Meeting in the Middle. As we come together from across the U.S. and meet in St. Louis with this theme, we are interested in exploring how and where economic and workforce development research intersect.

The full Call for Proposals information can be found here. For content related questions, contact Jennie Allison.

We invite members and non-members to submit session proposals by Friday, November 9, 2018.

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C2ER/LMI Institute Events

LED Series Webinar:


Visualizing Commuting Patterns using LODES Data


November 13, 2018


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EST

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Pricing: FREE

Other Events

Funders Census Initiative Webinar

Census 2020 Messaging Testing Results


November 14, 2018

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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Call for Papers: Industry Studies Association Conference

Deadline: January 11, 2019

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