Chamber’s Research Team Shares Regional Data Insights at National Conference

Representing the Detroit region, the Chamber’s research team attend the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The national conference, which took place June 3 to June 7, convened more than 315 community and economic researchers.

Christyn Lucas, manager of business research for the Chamber, participated in a session titled Integrating Multiple Economies Within One Region exploring how individual communities must look beyond their borders and include nearby areas within a larger region when marketing themselves. Doing so can better help regional economists target meaningful and actionable data. Panelists discussed how regions such as Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, and other metropolitan areas share a labor shed — an area from which an employment center draws its commuting workers — with counties that have seen major economic transformation over the past two decades. They also explored how researchers can uncover the multiple economies within their regions and link “new economy” opportunities to “old economy” areas.

Lucas presented on Detroit’s automotive industry transformation and expansion into the mobility space along with Workforce Intelligence Network’s Michelle Wein and representatives from the Charlotte region.

“The transformation of the Detroit region — from automotive to mobility — over the past decade resonated with attendees from across the country, who also have experienced changes to their industry footprints and economies,” Lucas said. “Sharing best practices at this conference, focused on data and research, proves to be a valuable way to connect and improve the economies of all regions.”

Angela Ladetto, director of business research for the Chamber, participated in The Data-ing Game, a session reminiscent of the popular game show, The Dating Game. Guest contestants were asked several questions by a St. Louis-based site selection consultant. Contestants shared stories and best practices regarding how they use data to create compelling business propositions that resulted in a corporate investment win. At the end of the session, the site consultant crowned one lucky contestant winner.

“Getting together every year with 300-plus research professionals at the annual C2ER conference is a great way to stay abreast of research best practices, to learn more about other regions’ ongoing research, and discover new tools,” Ladetto said.

Detroit Regional Chamber Launches Online Data Portal

Kelly Weatherwax


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE was Created as a Resource for the 11-county Detroit Region

April 2, 2019, Detroit, MI – The Detroit Regional Chamber has launched a new online data dashboard resource at to provide the 11-county Detroit region with extensive workforce and industry statistics to make data-driven business, philanthropic, policy, and career decisions. The Detroit Regional Data Center, created by Headlight Data of Austin, Texas, provides a one-stop, interactive, online portal for all economic, workforce, education, demographic, and social data on the Detroit region, the company’s Headlight Dashboard with the largest regional footprint.

“As the keeper of the region’s data, we see the Detroit Regional Data Center as an investment into the Detroit Region,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Chamber. “I encourage businesses, nonprofits, and economic developers, and others to use this best-in-class resource to make data-driven decisions to advance their missions, promote the region, and continue moving the economy forward.”

The Data Center is a complimentary resource to access continuously updated data and reports to stay up-to-date on economic trends, opportunities in target industries, and demographic and social trends in the local economy.

–          Local businesses and employers can access data about county and regional demographics, wage information, and workforce by occupation and industry.

–          Economic developers can use the data as a tool for developing client proposals including, workforce by occupation and industry.

–          Grant seekers can use demographic and economic data to write more compelling proposals.

–          Students and job seekers can review data to discover what occupations and industries are available and growing in the region.

–          Site selectors can find vast amounts of data that relate to their research when looking at the Detroit Region for economic development opportunities.

–          Media can utilize the data to tell a compelling story of the region.

The Data Center will advance the Chamber’s mission of fueling economic growth, promoting collaboration between businesses and other community organizations, and providing stakeholders with resources to utilize while tackling and solving critical regional issues.

Data provided is five export formats for the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MSA, Genesee County/Flint MSA, Lapeer County, Lenawee County, Livingston County, Macomb County, Monroe County/Monroe MSA, Oakland County, St. Clair County, Shiawassee County, Washtenaw County/Ann Arbor MSA, Wayne County. In addition, state of Michigan and city of Detroit data is available for specific data sets.

The Data Center is being funding by the Chamber with a portion of the cost being offset by the Detroit Regional Partnership.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About Headlight Data

Headlight Data is an award-winning online data system that enables economic and workforce development organizations to produce data-intensive websites on their community’s economy and workforce, allowing them to better serve prospects, site selectors, and their residents.