Helping Communities Shine

Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Annual Conference

Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Ongoing

The C2ER Annual Conference is held in conjunction with the LMI Institute Annual Forum, creating the premier national event for economic development researchers and labor market information analysts. The 2018 Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, June 4-8.

Conference highlights include industry-leading keynotes, training classes and breakout sessions, the annual State Economic Researchers’ Roundtable, presentation of the annual Community & Economic Research Awards and Charles Benefield Award, and opportunities to build important networks within the research community.  Sponsors and exhibitors will showcase their latest products and services in the exhibit hall.

The C2ER and LMI networks comprise over 700+ professionals, representing all aspects of community and economic development along with labor market data, in the U.S. and Canada. They include research professionals from:

  • Chambers of commerce
  • Economic development organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Universities
  • Utility companies
  • Workforce development boards
  • Community development organizations
  • Consultants and data providers
  • Labor market information agencies

For questions or sponsorship opportunities please contact Spencer Abrams at


About the Client

Council for Community and Economic Research

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) promotes excellence in community and economic research by improving data quality and availability by fostering learning about regional economic analytic methods.

Project Updates

C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Forum Kick-off
January 22, 2019

C2ER and LMI Institute staffers, Spencer Abrams and Jennie Allison, visited St. Louis Missouri January 16 – 17, 2019 to meet with local stakeholders to plan the 2019 Annual Conference. Stay tuned for the official launch and agenda release in the next two weeks.