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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.

Legislative Update: WIA reauth, Census, and more

This week, C2ER joined its partners in the Workforce Data Quality Campaign for a private briefing on the Hill, voicing its support for continued commitment to education and workforce data.

The big news this week was the House and Senate leadership announcing the release of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bi-partisan, bi-cameral legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which was due for reauthorization eleven years ago. The National Skills Coalition has a page of resources including a summary, statements, and text of the bill. According the The Hill (the publication not the institution), WIOA would eliminate 15 federal programs and overhaul requirements throughout the job training system in a bid to help job seekers gain valuable employment skills. The Chronicle of Higher Education says that while community colleges are generally happy with the compromise, some are also frustrated that the bill would continue to require colleges that accept vouchers to report employment and earnings information for all of their students, and that it would not guarantee the institutions a seat on statewide workforce development boards. Continue reading

Friends of BLS releases first member list

C2ER has joined the Friends of BLS group to support the mission of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and educate the public and decision-makers on the agency’s work. The group has 30+ entities signed on as supporters, including: Continue reading

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.

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