Senate Passes Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  (WIOA), a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The WIOA aims to streamline federal workforce programs and overhaul the job training system for young people with disabilities. Continue reading

COLI Q1 2014 Data Released

C2ER released the Cost of Living Index (COLI) first quarter 2014 report in late May. Among the 288 urban areas that participated in the First Quarter 2014 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 19 percent below the national average in Norman, OK.

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State Economic Development Expenditures: FY2015 Update

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) recently updated its State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database as part of a continuous effort to track investments in economic development across all fifty states. The database now includes all Governor Recommended Budgets for fiscal year 2015.

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C2ER & LMI Institute announce 2014 award winners

C2ER has awarded their 2014 Applied Community Research Awards. The following individuals and their organizations were presented with their awards during Pittsburgh 2014, C2ER’s recent Annual Conference: Continue reading

Thompson discusses ACS: mandatory vs voluntary

Census Bureau Director John Thompson delivered the morning keynote on the final day of last week’s Annual Conference.

As part of his remarks, Thompson discussed the American Community Survey and the implications of the survey being made voluntary versus remaining mandatory. You can watch a  video of his comments here, which includes an analysis of the responses rates and data quality of each scenario:

You can access Thompson’s slides from the keynote.

Thompson addressed concerns about the ACS’s future in a blog post on his Director’s Blog at Census.

C2ER, Harvard present cluster mapping training

Coming up in a few weeks, C2ER will be a presenting a new training course, Cluster Mapping for Economic Development. This is a one-day training course delivered by the U.S. Cluster Mapping Project at Harvard Business School. This in-person training session will introduce attendees to important cluster concepts, and how the U.S. Cluster Mapping Project’s newly revamped webtool can help to inform economic development strategies and activities.

To learn more about the class, you can watch this short video with Sarah Jane Maxted from the U.S. Cluster Mapping Project. Sarah Jane talks about the tool itself and what skills attendees can expect to take away from the training.

The first class takes place in Boston on June 25, then is presented a second time in Sacramento on July 29, paired with a second day of learning on July 30, The Basics of Economic Impact Analysis.

Check the C2ER training page for details, agenda, and registration.

Pittsburgh 2014: A Look Back in Photos

Last week, C2ER held its 54th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Thanks to Jim Futrell and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, as well as the contributions of dozens of others, the Steel City proved to be a picturesque host for the our big event, including walking tours and a riverboat cruise amid perfect weather.

You can view photos of the event over at the C2ER Facebook page, which of course you should “Like” if you haven’t already. More to come, including additional photos and video.