2022 LMI Institute Annual Forum

Welcome to the professional development event of the year for economic and workforce development researchers!

The C2ER 62nd Annual Conference/LMI Institute Annual Forum will be held both in-person and virtually June 13-16, 2022 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, OH.  The theme this year is The Road Ahead: Using Data to Pave the Way.

For questions or sponsorship opportunities please contact Spencer Abrams at sabrams@crec.net.

Conference highlights include industry-leading keynotes, training classes and breakout sessions, the annual State Economic Researchers’ Roundtable, presentation of the annual Community & Economic Research Awards and Charles Benefield Award, and opportunities to build important networks within the research community.  Sponsors and exhibitors will showcase their latest products and services in the exhibit hall.

The C2ER and LMI networks consist of research professionals in the U.S. and Canada representing all aspects of community and economic development along with labor market data. They include research professionals from:

  • Chambers of commerce
  • Economic development organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Community colleges
  • Universities
  • Utility companies
  • Workforce development boards
  • Community development organizations
  • Consultants and data providers
  • Labor market information agencies

For questions or sponsorship opportunities please contact Spencer Abrams at sabrams@crec.net.

COVID Policy for the event: C2ER and LMI Institute are following CDC and local safety guidelines for the conference. We strongly encourage all our attendees to be vaccinated. We welcome the wearing of masks by any of our attendees. We will have masks available on site.

Current Local Guidelines:
Visitors and locals are no longer required to wear masks by the City of Columbus. On Monday, March 7, 2022, Columbus City Council lifted the city’s existing mask mandate, based on health data and recommendations from the CDC, Columbus Public Health and the city’s health commissioner; however, it should be noted that individual restaurants, attractions and businesses can choose to require specific health and safety practices on their premises (such as mask-wearing) based on what they believe to be best for their customers and businesses. Further information and details regarding COVID-19 guidelines can be found with the Office of the Mayor and Columbus City Council.