The Council for Community and Economic Research

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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, April 2, 2020


April 2, 2020

In This Issue


More than Half of U.S. Workers in Critical Occupations in the Fight Against COVID-19

Featured Event

LED Webinar Series: Combining Census Data with OpenStreetMap Data to Develop Highway Access Measures 

Data Visualization

Colorful Maps Reveal the Oldest Running Businesses of (Almost) Every Country


More than Half of U.S. Workers in Critical Occupations in the Fight Against COVID-19

Over 80 million U.S. workers are employed in the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce battling COVID-19 based on a new research resource from the LMI Institute and C2ER. In an effort to help workforce and labor market information (LMI) professionals, as well as other state, community and economic researchers provide the best possible information to inform policymakers, the LMI Institute and C2ER has produced the following list of Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes connected to critical infrastructure (e.g., essential) industries. The list is based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidance for identifying the critical infrastructure workforce during COVID-19 response. 


C2ER/LMI Events

Featured Event

LED Webinar Series: Combining Census Data with OpenStreetMap Data to Develop Highway Access Measures 

April 15, 2020

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Colby Brown as he presents, “Combining LODES, ACS, and Open Street Map Data to Develop Highway Access Measures.”


This presentation outlines a workflow for developing accessibility measures for auto modes such as, journey to work time and highway travel time, by combining Census data with OpenStreetMap, a free editable map.

Please note there is no registration for this webinar.  


The add to calendar feature will remind you when it's about to begin. You can join the webinar up to 20 minutes early. 

Regional Roundtable Webinar: Navigating  

April 16, 2020 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT 




COVID-19 News & Resources

American Enterprise Institute - National Coronavirus Response: A Road Map to Reopening   


The Atlantic - The Four Possible Timelines for Life Returning to Normal 


Center for Urban and Regional Studies - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - “Viewpoints on Resilient and Equitable Responses to the Pandemic” Podcasts  


Citylab - What a Coronavirus Recovery Could Look Like  


Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Businesses in the Tri-State Region Struggling to Weather the Coronavirus Outbreak  


National Bureau of Economic Research - An SEIR Infectious Disease Model with Testing and Conditional Quarantine Working Paper  


Rice/Kinder Institute for Urban Research - Here’s What Our Cities Will Look Like After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Route Fifty - A State Tries to Chart its Economic Rebound From a Pandemic

Route Fifty - Coronavirus Outbreak Shifts Census Outreach Strategies   


Statescoop - New York City Launches Portal to Crowdsource COVID-19 Information


The United States Conference of Mayors - Shortages of COVID-19 Emergency Equipment in U.S. Cities 


Data Visualization

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Other Upcoming Industry Events

BR|E COVID-19 Response Network Best Practices Webinar(s) 


April 2, 2020 


April 9, 2020 


April 16, 2020 


April 23, 2020 


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 


More information

National Council for Workforce Education Conference 


Oh, Say Can You Succeed: Keys To A New Age in Workforce Development 


October 7 – 8, 2020 


Baltimore, MD 


More information

2020 Census

Complete Count Committees

Ongoing Event

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