PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Introduction to Industry Analysis – Using Local Employment Dynamics Data for Industry Analysis

  • 05/13/2015
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online Webinar (Log-in credentials will be provided to registrants in advance of the session.)



Workforce has become a vital element of economic development, and as a result economic development practitioners need to better understand not only the workforce characteristics of their region, but of specific industries within their region. This webinar will introduce participants to an important source of workforce information - the Local Employment Dynamics (LED). The LED is a collaboration of the US Census Bureau and State Labor Market Information agencies. Participants will be introduced to the LED’s two primary data tools - On The Map (OTM) and the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) - and how LED data can help them better understand their workforce and their area’s industries.

The webinar will demonstrate how OTM allows practitioners to determine where their industry workforce lives and works. The QWI can not only help practitioners understand their labor market, but they also allow users to access detailed demographic characteristics (e.g., age, gender, educational attainment, race/gender) about workers in their local industries. Moreover, the webinar will demonstrate how practitioners can use these data to compare their region’s workforce in a given industry to the industry workforce in other regions or states.


Lauren M. Gilchrist

Vice President, Director of Research for Philadelphia
Jones Lang LaSalle

Lauren Gilchrist is Vice President, Director of Research for Philadelphia, where she directs all aspects of JLL's local market research platform for the region.  Lauren specializes in urban and regional economics and demography and focuses on expanding JLL's regional office and industrial research platforms to enhance firm and client knowledge of real estate dynamics and guide strategic decision making.

Prior to joining JLL, Lauren served as the Manager of Research & Analysis at the Center City District in Philadelphia, a $22 million business improvement district, where she directed the organization's market and public policy research.  At the CCD, Lauren's ongoing publications included housing, employment, and retail studies, as well as original, institutionally supported research such as "Downtown Rebirth:  Documenting the Live-Work Dynamic in 21st Century U.S. Cities," supported by the International Downtown Association, and "Documenting and Enhancing the Independent and Project Economy," funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Lauren also served as a Research Analyst/Program Manager at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, an economic development consulting firm in Arlington, VA, and as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, PA.  Lauren frequently lectures on topics related to commercial real estate and economic development for institutions including the International Council of Shopping Centers, International Downtown Association, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, University of Pennsylvania, and U.S. Census Bureau.


Lauren holds an M.S. in Public Policy and Management (Highest Distinction) from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University with concentrations in Urban & Regional Economic Development and International Trade & Development and a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University (Magna Cum Laude).

Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Workforce Development) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

*Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer



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