Federal Funding Opportunities with the EDA through the CARES Act

This blog is the third in a series that will highlight opportunities for OEA grantees to sustain and enhance work undertaken in OEA-funded programs by leveraging new programs and funding related to the Covid-19 pandemic response. Program Description On May 7, 2020, the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) released a Federal Funding Opportunities (FFO) Notice […]

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Rising Economic Development Spending in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Over the past several years, the State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database team has noticed a sizeable uptick in the volume of state funds Virginia has allocated toward promoting  economic development. This substantial rise in state expenditures is accompanied by relatively stagnant federal funding. The figure charts the change in state expenditures for the commonwealth […]

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SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs Offer Key Resources through the CARES Act

This blog is the second in a series that will highlight opportunities for OEA grantees to sustain and enhance work undertaken in OEA-funded programs by leveraging new programs and funding related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. Program Description  The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED) manages several technical assistance programs that provide training and counseling to small business. The network […]

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Enhanced Partnership Opportunities with MEP Centers through the CARES Act

This blog is the first in a series that will highlight opportunities for OEA grantees to sustain and enhance work undertaken in OEA-funded programs by leveraging new programs and funding related to the Covid-19 pandemic response. Program Description The MEP National Network™ is a public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth […]

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State Investment in Workforce Development on the Rise

Written by Jacob Stenstrom When analyzing spending on workforce development activities as part of states’ overall economic development expenditures, there has been a substantial increase over the last decade. For the budget year covering 2020, states have committed to spending a total of $1.76 billion on workforce preparation and development. This is more than double […]

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Call for Proposals: 2020 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Forum

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute are soliciting proposals for the next annual conference and forum, which will be June 3 – 5, 2020 in Columbus, OH. The theme is The Roaring 2020’s: Mobilizing Your Talent and Economy for the New Decade. The upcoming conference and […]

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Eliminating Barriers for Youth in Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeships are a promising solution to employer-reported “skills shortages” and an effective way to connect young adults to in-demand skills and jobs. But to live up to their promise, apprenticeship programs for young adults must more effectively reduce barriers to participation and completion, especially for students of color, according to a new report from the North Carolina Justice Center.

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C2ER Recognizes Excellence in Economic Development Research Community, Economic and Workforce Development Applied Research Awards

On June 6, 2019, economic and workforce development professionals from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico assembled at The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri to recognize excellence in economic development research work done by their peers. Receiving awards were the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Centers of […]

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364 Days Until Census Day 2020!

CREC Staff attended the Census 2020: Navigating the National and Local Challenges panel discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution to hear legal, demographic, and Census experts discuss possibly the most news covered Decennial. Primary questions from the meeting revolved implications of including the citizenship question in the Decennial Census, cybersecurity, and how to encourage residents […]

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Call for WIAC Nominations

Dear Economic and Workforce Development Leaders, C2ER and the LMI Institute are collaborating with National Association of State and Workforce Agencies (NASWA) to facilitate nominations of State Labor Market Information (LMI) Directors, economic development leaders, Workforce Information Board representatives, academics, and business leaders to serve on the Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC), which was created under the Workforce Innovation and […]

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