Category Archives: Education

Video: Applied Data Visualization and Moving from Theory into Practice

One of the best ways to better interpret data, make decisions, and get your message across is to use a visualization that quickly draws attention to sometimes surprising patterns and observations that are not always apparent.

Data visualization, a wide term that applies to visual representations that attempt to help viewers better understand data, can be used to help broader audiences understand and digest complicated data.

This year’s Council for Community and Economic Research Conference (C2ER) and LMI Institute Forum is focused on the global impact of regional partnerships, and managers from around the U.S. will gather to discuss topics facing industries, the economy, and the talent pool. We will take time during trainings to show trends in data-visualization software and discuss best practices. We invite you to visit our event site and view the preliminary agenda to learn more.

Managers to Merge in Minneapolis: Who You’ll See at the 2016 C2ER Conference

This year’s Council for Community and Economic Research Conference (C2ER) and LMI Institute Forum is focused on the global impact of regional partnerships, and managers from around the U.S. will gather to discuss topics facing industries, the economy, and the talent pool.

The conference takes place June 6-10 in Minneapolis. Classes, presentations, and breakout sessions are designed to guide state, national, and regional-level managers that want to be better enabled to make positive impacts both at home and abroad. Frequently, the people we work with and speak come from organizations that either provide strategic international partnerships or are growing their own understanding about globalization’s regional affects on their daily business.

The fundamental reality is that promoting an active global perspective among labor-supply specialists, economic developers, and researchers is essential to developing sustainable regional partnerships. Globally focused relationships and mindsets give leaders the foundations needed for international collaboration that addresses the greatest challenges in producing jobs and improving workforce quality.

C2ER and the LMI Institute, Leaders in the Field:

For 56 years, C2ER and the LMI Institute have brought together chamber leaders, administrators at government agencies and universities, data and labor-market experts, administrators at economic-development and utility firms, and consulting directors. Economic researchers and labor market specialists have added value to their state and municipal agencies after attending the event. We invite you to visit our event site and view the preliminary agenda to learn more.

Addressing the Skills Gap Starts in Your Own Office

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A survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education shows that government and nonprofit employers have a more-difficult time with recent-graduate hires. Most of the issues cited involve “soft skills.”

Of the 700 employers in the survey who offered feedback on specific troubles they experienced with recent grads, most mentioned communication and critical thinking. Specifically, the employers stated that they often find candidates who cannot put ideas forward, support those concepts, and build upon them. “Soft skills” don’t just stop with communication and critical thinking. They include collaboration and respect for diversity. All too often, these people skills are becoming the value-add for new hires.

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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.

Ellen Harpel on Evaluating Incentives Programs

CREC Research Fellow Ellen Harpel (of Smart Incentives and Business Development Advisors LLC) recently gave an informative webinar on evaluating incentives programs where she gave an overview of types of incentives programs, frameworks for evaluation, and trends in incentives transparency and accountability. Continue reading

Drew Conrad discusses business attraction, supply chain analysis

Last week, Drew Conrad, CEcD, from the Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa discussed business development activities resulting from supply chain analysis, as part of C2ER’s Certified Community Researcher webinar series. CCR candidates are asked to give a presentation to achieve their certification.

During the Q&A portion of the webinar, an attendee asked a question about manufacturers and their own supply search process. Listen to Drew’s answer, relative to his experiences in northern Iowa.

CCR webinar recordings and powerpoints are availabel to the public on the webinars page.