Weekly Update – January 7, 2021



January 7, 2021

In This Issue


Add Brain Fitness to Your 2021 Resolutions

Featured Event

Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC): Recommendations on Workforce and Labor Market Information Webinar

Data Visualization

The Year in Review: 2020 in 20 Visualizations


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Add Brain Fitness to Your 2021 Resolutions

As the year turns a new page, we make a list of many things we want to work to be better at. Is skill building on your list? C2ER and LMI have two eLearning classes to kick start your love of learning in 2021.

Foundations of Economic Development Research: Introduction to Data Sources

The “Foundations of Economic Development Research: Introduction to Data Sources” eLearning is a three-hour course, led by a team of expert analysts who will guide you through the basics of economic development research and analysis. Course exercises show you how to address real-world questions that policymakers and practitioners encounter.

The course will equip you to:

  • Access, collect, and organize key data from primary federal sources.
  • Discover other important datasets from public and private sources.
  • Apply fundamental techniques for regional data analysis.
  • Conduct labor market analysis.
  • Perform competitive market intelligence research.
  • Use U.S. Census Bureau tools to map regional employment data.
  • Use your analysis to tell a compelling story to policymakers.

Not ready to register? View the first module for free.

Basic LMI Analyst

The Basic LMI Analyst course is a four-and-a-half-hour course that will provide novice labor market information (LMI) analysts with an introduction to LMI and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. You will learn how labor market information is used, collected, and applied as well as your role in the labor market information process.

The course will equip you to:

  • Collect, analyze, and interpret labor market information.
  • Use core LMI programs such as QCEW to build an understanding of your regional workforce questions.
  • Analyze population and demographics, local employment dynamic, industry sectors and occupations.
  • Use federal education to tell a complete workforce data story.
  • Use LMI in a variety of different scenarios to answer real-world questions.

C2ER/LMI Events

Featured Event

C2ER/LMI Institute Monthly Series Webinar:

The Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC): Recommendations on Workforce and Labor Market Information

January 26, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

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Pricing: C2ER, LMI Institute, and APDU Members: FREE 

Non-Members: $50.00


CERP Presentation Webinar:

The Comeback: How Hoosiers Are Recovering From the Economic Shutdown

January 15, 2021

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET

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Pricing: Exclusive and free for C2ER and LMI Institute Members Only

Live Events

C2ER/LMI Institute Training:

Intermediate R Programming for Workforce and Economic Development Research

February 16, 18, 23, 25 and March 2, 4, 2021

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

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C2ER/LMII Annual Conference:

The Great Pivot: Reinvention for Recovery and Resilience

June 7 – 11, 2021

Registration is now open

eLearning Courses

Basic LMI Analyst eLearning


Anytime, Any place

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Foundations of Economic Development Research: Introduction to Data Sources eLearning


Any Place, Any time

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Data Visualization

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Bloomberg CityLab – 2021 Will Be the Year of Guaranteed Income Experiments

Bloomberg CityLab – Make Way for the ‘One-Minute City’

Brookings – Why Is State and Local Employment Falling Faster Than Revenues?

Census Bureau – Census Bureau Statistics Show Change in Retail Sales Year to Year, Season to Season

Census Project – U.S. Census Bureau Receives Final Fiscal Year 2021 Funding Level

Route Fifty – ‘A Lost Generation:’ Community Colleges Report Record Enrollment Declines

Smart Incentives – 2020’s Most-Read Incentive Articles

Smart Incentives – Reflecting Community Priorities in Economic Development Practices

Strada Education Network – Lessons Earned Podcast Season 3: Episode 2 Michael Collins

World Economic Forum – How Do Workers Really Feel About Remote Working? This Survey Had Some Surprising Results




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Other Upcoming Industry Events

Smart Growth America

America’s Equity Summit

January 26 – 28, 2021

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET

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Pricing: Free

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute Virtual Meeting

Adjusting Through Adversity

January 27 – 28, 2021

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National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)

2021 Winter Policy (Virtual) Forum

February 10 & 11, 2021

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National League of Cities

(Virtual) Congressional City Conference

March 7 – 10, 2021

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