Founded in 1961, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) is a membership organization that promotes excellence in community and economic research. 

C2ER works to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about geographic economic analysis methods for regional planning.

C2ER accomplishes this mission by:
  • Conducting training, advocacy, and research
  • Delivering innovative products and services for researchers
  • Developing professional networks.

C2ER's members span a broad range of specialty skills, and collectively touch all aspects of community and economic development in the U.S. and Canada.

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The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) produces several products and services for members and non-members.

Cost of Living Index

The quarterly Cost of Living Index provides a useful and reasonably accurate way to compare cost of living differences between urban areas weighted by different categories of consumer expenditures for mid-management households.

Regional Planning Technical Assistance

In cooperation with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), C2ER promotes knowledge-based economic development efforts by helping local and regional entities to implement data-driven economic development strategies.

Certification in Community Research

C2ER's primary professional certification, the Certified Community Researcher (CCR), is the industry standard for recognizing excellence in community and economic research.

CCRs undertake a rigorous course of training and evaluation to earn this distinction.

Labor Market Analyst Training

C2ER is dedicated to improving the skills of community and economic development research professionals. In cooperation with the LMI Institute, C2ER offers a comprehensive training program for economic development and labor market information analysts and develops and delivers customized training.