C2ER staffers Sarah Gutschow, Ron Kelly, and Haden Springer joined more than 350 workforce and economic development researchers and practitioners at the Census Bureau’s Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Workshop, held in Washington, D.C. on September 9th-10th. Through a combination of interactive presentations, expert panels, and demonstrations, workshop participants gained exposure to various ways LED data and tools can support cutting-edge research. Research foci ranged from analyzing “Wage Deserts” in Philadelphia, to redefining Nebraska’s economic regions, to assessing the effectiveness of place-based economic incentives programs in Baltimore, MD and elsewhere.
On the second day of the conference, round-table sessions facilitated dynamic conversations between LED senior leadership and staffers and their customers on the strengths and limitations of LED, and potential areas for expansion. These sessions were followed by a variety of hands-on LED training opportunities. Workshop presentations are available here.
Some sessions from the conference will be selected for upcoming installments of the LED Webinar series, facilitated by C2ER and the LMI Institute. In the meantime, you can view past webinars from the series here.