White House Signs WIOA, Releases Inter-Agency Training Plan

President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22nd, after overwhelming approval in the House and Senate. WIOA is the most significant reform  of federal job training programs in more than 15 years. The majority of WIOA provisions will become effective on July 1, 2015, the first full program year […]

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Examining Historic Tax Credits

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An old shoe factory in St. Paul is transformed into an LEED-certified affordable housing structure. Across the river in Minneapolis a disused library building becomes a neighborhood career and technology center. These are just two of the projects benefiting from the Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation State Tax Credit.

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House Passes the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 415-6. The legislation, authored by Senators Harkin, Alexander, Murray, and Isakson and Representatives Kline, Miller, Foxx, and Hinojosa, was previously approved by the Senate, 95-3. The legislation is now set to become law upon the President’s signature. Read on […]

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LMI Institute Expands Membership Opportunities

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In 2013, the LMI Institute board of directors announced a name change, removing “Training” from its name, to better reflect the range of training, research, program management, and partnership facilitation services it offers the national labor market information (LMI) infrastructure.  The Institute also adopted new mission and vision statements, which emphasize its support for the […]

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C2ER Attends SelectUSA Summer Forum

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C2ER staffer Wen Sun attended the SelectUSA Summer Forum  held in Washington, DC on June 17th, where Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker unveiled the newly designed Access Costs Everywhere (ACE) framework, one of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)’s tools to assist manufacturers and other businesses investing in the United States. Secretary Pritzker also discussed the […]

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Senate Passes Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  (WIOA), a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The WIOA aims to streamline federal workforce programs and overhaul the job training system for young people with disabilities.

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COLI Q1 2014 Data Released

C2ER released the Cost of Living Index (COLI) first quarter 2014 report in late May. Among the 288 urban areas that participated in the First Quarter 2014 Cost of Living Index, the after-tax cost for a professional/managerial standard of living ranged from more than twice the national average in New York (Manhattan), NY to almost […]

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State Economic Development Expenditures: FY2015 Update

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The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) recently updated its State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database as part of a continuous effort to track investments in economic development across all fifty states. The database now includes all Governor Recommended Budgets for fiscal year 2015.

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Thompson discusses ACS: mandatory vs voluntary

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John Thompson, Census Bureau Director discussed the American Community Survey at the 54th Annual Conference of the Council for Community and Economic Research’s (C2ER).

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