C2ER Blog

A look at film tax incentives

On first guess, it might be easy to assume that the biggest movie-producing state in America would be California or New York – states well-known for being full of stars and movie sets. Interestingly, this isn’t the case. Louisiana accounted for 18 of the 108 films produced by major studios last year, more than California, Georgia, and New York, the next most-filmed-in state. Continue reading

C2ER met with Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee to discuss BLS budget issues

C2ER met with Justin Gibbons and Stephen Steigleder, staffers for the Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee on April 25 to discuss BLS budget issues.  C2ER has joined the Friends of BLS to express concerns about recent cuts to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) and other programs.  Others participating in the meeting included the American Statistical Association, Association of Public Data Users, International Council of Shopping Centers, and the National Association of Business Economists.

On April 29, the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee reported its mark-up of key statistical agencies, including $92.5 million below the President’s request for Census and $12 million below the President’s request for the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Census, Current Population Survey, and “questions”

The Census was all over the news yesterday, as changes to health insurance coverage questions raised concerns that quality of data could be degraded, especially with regard to the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the Current Population Survey (CPS) will see changes to the wording of certain questions. Continue reading

How economic development programs target industries

While many state economic development programs aim to provide incentives to businesses from any industry, a large proportion of state programs target their incentives at specific industries. Continue reading

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

Public data making the rounds in the media

As the appropriations process gears up on Capitol Hill, government officials, advocates, and journalists are making the case for preserving public data.

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.

COLI cited in Governing Magazine minimum wage story

In a story posted yesterday over at Governing magazine, “Where the Minimum Wage Has the Least Buying Power”, C2ER’s Cost of Living Index was used to translate the national minimum wage narrative to a more localized level.  Continue reading

BEA to restore LAPI program

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has announced that it will  restore a portion of statistical detail to its Local Area Personal Income (LAPI) program.  Continue reading

C2ER calling on Congress to restore, modernize BLS budget

C2ER has learned that the Senate and House are developing appropriations proposals that must ready in the next few weeks. To that end, C2ER will be coordinating outreach to both committees, as well as to key individual members of each, calling on the House and Senate to increase the total Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) budget request to $631.4 million.

This would include the following proposals:  Continue reading