Weekly Update – October 22, 2020



October 22, 2020

In This Issue


Q3 Cost of Living Index is Now Available

Featured Event

LMI Institute Training:

Instructor-Led Basic LMI Analyst Training 

Data Visualization

Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis


Q3 Cost of Living Index is Now Available

We had over 270 urban areas participate in the data collection for the third quarter of the 2020 Cost of Living Index. Members can now access the latest issue in the member area and Q3 is also available in the COLI store.

With food prices still being a big part of the national conversation, C2ER decided to feature those communities once again with the most and least expensive food costs as measured by the grocery item index number. C2ER collects data on twenty-six items from a variety of surrogate categories to represent the grocery item component of the index.

C2ER/LMI Events

Featured Event

LMI Institute Training:

Instructor-Led Basic LMI Analyst Training 

November 16 – 19, 2020

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C2ER/LMI Institute Webinar Series: 

Examining the Workforce Needs of Missouri’s Food, Agriculture and Forestry Industries 

October 27th, 2020

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

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Price: FREE

NEW! Call for Session Proposals: C2ER/LMI Institute

Virtual Annual Conference

Proposals due by November 6, 2020

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Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness Workshop

Designing and Managing Business Incentive Compliance Efforts 

November 9, 10, 16, 17, 2020

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET

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Member pricing available to C2ER and LMI Institute members

NEW! C2ER/LMI Institute Monthly Series

The ALICE Essentials Index: Guiding Social Policy Decisions with Sound Data

November 10, 2020

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

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C2ER/LMI Institute Members: Free

Non-Members: $50

LMI Institute Training:

Instructor-Led Basic LMI Analyst Training 

November 16 – 19, 2020

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Certified Economic Research Professional (CERP) Presentation:  

Developing Interactive Online Dashboards in Tableau

November 18, 2020

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

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Price: Free and exclusive to C2ER and LMI Institute Members

C2ER/LMI Institute Training:

Intermediate R Programming for Workforce and Economic Development Research

February 16 – 25, 2021

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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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Careers New!

Have an open position that might be of interest to C2ER members? Let us post your job listing.

Send the position title, description, and any other relevant information to William Cook (wcook@crec.net).

Jobs are typically posted within 1 business day and postings remain active for 45 days if no closing date is specified.


American Association of Community Colleges – Community College Enrollment Plummets 

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Consumer Prices up 1.4 Percent Over the Year Ending September 2020 

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Increasing Access and Opportunity: Using Quality Data to Inform Evidence-Based Policy 

Census Bureau – Household Pulse Survey Phase 2 Biweekly Data Release

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – Without New Americans, Hospitality and Tourism Cannot Thrive 

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation – The 2020 State New Economy Index 

Inside Higher ED – A Generation Defined by the Pandemic 

Slate – The Census Says It’s Counted 99.9 Percent of Households. Don’t Be Fooled.

Smart Incentives – What Makes Incentives Effective 

Urban Institute – The Unequal Commute

Washington Post – What the Supreme Court’s Rulings Mean for the 2020 Census and Trump’s Attempt to Exclude the Undocumented From the Count  


Other Upcoming Industry Events

CDFA/BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: 

Financing Resilient Infrastructure 

November 17, 2020

Educational Facilities Funding Solutions 

December 15, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

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Moody’s Analytics 

Synergy 2020: Americas Uniting to Make Better Decisions in a Post-Pandemic World

November 17, 2020

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