Build & Grow Relationships

The best policies are based on data-driven research, using engaged, diverse stakeholders and by fostering thought that motivates people to think regionally. It is a process that CREC has done successfully since 2009, and it has helped expand our client base and grow communities. Clients vary from single municipalities and private-sector firms:

• Cities • Think tanks
• States • National organizations

Client Profile

Council for Community and Economic Research

 

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) promotes excellence in community and economic research by improving data quality and availability by fostering learning about regional economic analytic methods.

C2ER accomplishes this mission by:

  • Conducting training, advocacy, and research
  • Delivering innovative products and services for researchers
  • Developing professional networks
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Website: http://www.c2er.org/

Project Catalogue

Supporting the Council for Community and Economic Research Association Membership
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Ongoing

CREC provides the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) with high-talent staff and management support, access to its broad network of economic and data professionals, and a foundational base upon which it can sustainably grow. CREC also coordinates and plans the annual C2ER Conference and organizes and coordinates its regular trainings

Cost of Living Index
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Ongoing

The Cost of Living Index (COLI) is the most reliable source of city-to-city comparisons of key consumer costs available since 1968. Its data is recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNN Money, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) collects and compares COLI […]

State Incentives Database: Stateincentives.org
Start Date: Oct 2004 — End Date: Dec 2016

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), a Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) network member, has developed a national database of state business incentives with profiles on more than 2,000 programs at http://stateincentives.org. The site is a database portal is a one-stop resource that economic developers can use when comparing incentive programs. Users can find a fully searchable text description […]

Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Annual Conference
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Dec 2016

The C2ER Annual Conference is held in conjunction with the LMI Annual Forum, creating the premier national event for economic development researchers and labor market information analysts. The 2016 Conference will be held in Minneapolis MN, June 6-10. Conference highlights include industry-leading keynotes, training classes and breakout sessions, the annual State Economic Researchers’ Roundtable, presentation of […]

Data and Methods in Regional Economic Research
Start Date: Oct 2000 — End Date: Oct 2015

Since 2000, the the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) has organized more than 50 one- and two-day professional development training seminars on a variety of topics for the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER). The curriculum includes more than 20 different topics such as: Data Collection Introduction to Data for Economic Development Practitioners Community Profiling: The Basics […]

Project Updates

C2ER Publishes Quarter 2 of COLI
September 9, 2016

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) published their second quarter update for the Cost of Living Index (COLI).

C2ER Releases Q1 of 2016 Cost of Living Index
May 31, 2016

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) published quarter 1 of the 2016 Cost of Living Index (COLI). This is first publication to include San Juan, Puerto Rico

C2ER Releases 2016 Cost of Living Index for U.S. Counties
May 9, 2016

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) released the 2016 County Level Index. The dataset includes 3,114 US counties based on an econometric model that identifies key determinants of an area’s cost of living.

C2ER Publishes 2015 Annual Average Cost of Living Index
February 4, 2016

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) has published the 2015 Annual Average Cost of Living Index (COLI).

CREC Internship Profile: Charlie Braunlich
January 19, 2016

Each year, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) hires a number of interns who help the organization during the busy summer period. Each is offered an opportunity to learn how the organization helps municipalities, states, and regions respond to changes in local job markets; and CREC specifically works with undergraduate and graduate students who need academic credit. […]

CREC Internship Profile: Greg Hirschfeld
January 12, 2016

Each year, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) hires a number of interns who help the organization during the busy summer period. Each is offered an opportunity to learn how the organization helps municipalities, states, and regions respond to changes in local job markets; and CREC specifically works with undergraduate and graduate students who need academic credit. […]

CREC Internship Profile: Scott Fox
January 5, 2016

Each year, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) hires a number of interns who help the organization during the busy summer period. Each is offered an opportunity to learn how the organization helps municipalities, states, and regions respond to changes in local job markets; and CREC specifically works with undergraduate and graduate students who need academic credit. […]

C2ER Report Shows How State Incentive Programs Continue to Evolve
November 13, 2015

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), one of three associations that the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) manages, today released the State of State Business Incentives 2015 report which reflects the present status of the more than 1,900 state business incentives in operation around the U.S. The report is based a recent review that C2ER performed for its State […]

Q3 of Cost of Living Index Report Shows Most- and Least-Expensive Places in U.S.
November 5, 2015

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) published its third quarter Cost of Living Index (COLI) report for 2015 in late October.

CREC’s Allison Discusses Georgia’s Cost of Living for NPR Audiences
August 12, 2015

Jennie Allison, who helps manage the quarterly Cost of Living Index (COLI), joined a panel of economists at National Public Radio on July 14 to discuss the cost of living in metro Atlanta and how that compares to other national markets. As part of the discussion, Ms. Allison talked about how data that is collected for the index helps provide a useful […]