Forwarding this for C2ER.
Their next annual conference (June) will be virtual.
C2ER 61st Annual Conference
& LMI Institute Annual Forum
2021 Call for Sessions
The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information
(LMI) Institute are currently soliciting proposals for the next annual conference and
forum, which will be held virtually June 7 - 11, 2021. The theme this year is The Great
Pivot: Reinvention for Recovery and Resilience.
We are interested to learn how your organization and community have and continue to
respond to the impacts and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, what that means for your
local businesses, and how we can ready ourselves to better weather future events.
Content and presentations from practitioners are a key component to the success of our
conference. This enables our attendees to share, learn, converse, and interact with one
another on topics of mutual interest and compare research methods, data collection
practices, visualization tools, and lessons learned in the field. We invite members and
non-members alike to submit session proposals.
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Session proposals are due by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, November 6, 2020
Who is Our Audience?
The C2ER Annual Conference/LMI Institute Annual Forum attracts researchers from state
labor market information, economic development, and workforce development offices;
community colleges; workforce boards; and other organizations in the economic and
workforce development fields. The conference includes a variety of keynote and plenary
speakers, and roundtables to offer world class networking and the opportunity to see
community and economic development in action.
What is the Structure and Format of the Conference?
Sessions will be a combination of pre-recorded and live-streaming content. We are seeking
to create unique learning opportunities for our attendees and encourage you to submit new
and innovative ways to use this time to share new knowledge and approaches, facilitate
panel discussions, and/or engage attendees in active conversation. A virtual environment
allows us to offer a variety of session formats, including traditional sessions
(individual presentations; traditional panels of three 15-20-minute presentations;
facilitated roundtable discussions), but we also welcome proposals that utilize the unique
advantages of virtual meetings (such as on-site visits to activities or developments of
interest in your community that you bring to us virtually).
This year we will continue to include skill building workshops. If you host a FREE data
tool, website, or have a skillset that you would like to share with business and community
researchers, we want to hear from you! Please note that the session is expected to offer
an introduction to your data tool or website and a "hands-on" experience to
allow participants to gain practical experience with the data, walk away with new skills,
and possibly access a new tool for their work going forward. Workshops should be a minimum
of 60 minutes long and a maximum of two hours long.
We are interested in a variety of viewpoints, we encourage researchers and analysts from
different racial and ethnic backgrounds to share their experiences. If you are recruiting
participants for a panel or developing a topic to share, please keep our mutual commitment
in mind. We also want to hear from our younger researchers. This could be your chance to
make a mark on the community and economic research profession for years to come! We're
always looking for new leaders and a fresh set of contributors.
Become a sponsor city! Typically, we use the annual convening as an opportunity to learn
more about our host city through local research keynotes, sponsors, off-site tours. With a
virtual meeting, however, we have a chance to hear and see different communities across
the U.S. and have various cities serve as "sponsors" by submitting speaker
ideas, remote tours to showcase an area in development, or anything that provides local
flavor. A key underlying theme is diversity, equity, and inclusion so we'd love to
have different viewpoints and see how research is helping communities of color prosper.
Proposals may address one or more of the following ideas as they relate to the theme of
The Great Pivot: Reinvention for Recovery and Resilience. See the sub-topics below and
related research questions and ideas.
Please do not feel limited to the session focus areas listed below
* Diversity, Inclusion, Equity
* Response, Recovery, Resilience, Readiness, Reinvention
* Future of Work
* The Virtual Economy - Power of Remote Work
* High Frequency Data - innovative real time data, unemployment insurance data,
* Technical Skills Workshops
* Sponsor City (see details in Structure & Format
For more information on content, please contact Jennie
Instructions and Guidelines
Click here for the full list of proposal instructions and
C2ER/LMI Institute will provide a response to all submitted proposals no later than
January 15, 2021.
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The Council for Community and Economic
(C2ER) is a membership organization working to improve data availability, enhance data
quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods.
The Labor Market Information
(LMI Institute) is the pre-eminent resource for supporting the development,
interpretation, and use of labor market information.
C2ER and the LMI Institute are managed by the Center for Regional Economic