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, February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

C2ER Certification Update: Certified Economic Research Professional

The C2ER Board is excited to announce the launch of the new C2ER certification title, Certified Economic Research Professional (CERP), formerly known as Certified Community Researcher (CCR). To learn more about the certification process or see if you currently qualify, visit the new CERP webpage for additional information!



2018 Upcoming Trainings


Basic LMI Analyst Training
April 10
 12, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT


Early Bird Pricing through March 13


This 2.5-day course provides novice labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to LMI and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. Through engaging discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will gain exposure to various workforce, demographic, and economic data sources and apply basic analytical skills to answer real-world questions that policy makers and practitioners encounter.


Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding core LMI programs & other data sources
  • Conducting basic occupational analyses
  • Using Local Employment Dynamics
  • Exploring real-time LMI applications
  • Communicating effectively with customers


Joshua Eller, Manager, Economic Analysis & Information Delivery, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Alan Spell, Economic & Workforce Research Manager, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center



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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)




LED Webinar: Job-to-Job Flows and the Increase in Earnings Inequality

February 21, 2018

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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Pricing: FREE


Webinar: Developing Regional Dashboards – West Michigan & Newaygo County, MI Case Studies

February 27, 2018
2:00 PM
–  3:00 PM EST

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Pricing: FREE


Foundations of Economic Development Research Training


March 13 – 15, 2018

Houston, TX

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Basic LMI Analyst Training


April 10 – R03;12, 2018

Salt Lake City, UT

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Center for Data Innovation
What Can Be Done to Protect Endangered Government Data?

February 27, 2018

Washington, DC


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APDU Training
Telling Your Story Through Data Visualization


February 27 – March 1, 2018

Arlington, VA

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How to Get American Workers a Raise: Policies to Revitalize Wage Growth
A Hamilton Project Policy Forum


February 28, 2018

Washington, DC

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APDU 301 Series

Special Topics and Emerging Issues in Public Data: Improving Data Discoverability and Interoperability with DDI Metadata

March 7, 2018
3:00 PM
– 4:00 PM EST

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C2ER, LMI Institute, & APDU Members: Free
Non-members: $50.00


George Mason University

Symposium on Strengthening the Pipeline from School to Work: Private Sector and School Partnerships

March 8, 2018
Arlington, VA

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Census Bureau Training Events Calendar


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One-Stops and American Job Centers

Webinars and Webcasts


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The Weekly Update is a joint newsletter of C2ER and the LMI Institute.
The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) is a membership organization working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods.
The Labor Market Information Institute (LMI Institute) is the pre-eminent resource for supporting the development, interpretation, and use of labor market information.

C2ER and the LMI Institute are managed by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC).


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