Custom Studies and Presentations
- We deliver thorough studies and presentations to a broad spectrum of audiences.
Topics have included how to define the high-technology industry, the impact of knowledge
on economic development, pricing in the utilities industry, and competition between
banks and credit unions.
Economic Impact Studies -
Chmura analyzes the economic impact of construction projects, as well as the impact
of companies and industries. This includes traditional input-output analysis, as
well as other quantitative methods to determine the impact on area economy, labor
market, and other specific markets.
Economic and Workforce Development
- We offer a variety of state-of-the-art tools and consulting services to grasp
area workforce inventories, industry conditions and target markets, as well as occupation
clusters (career ladders). Our scientific approach, which we often couple with focus
groups and interaction with key decision makers, leads to products that are understandable,
action-oriented, and measurable.
Education Tools - We help educators
determine demand for training programs. We survey students, community members, and
businesses to gauge the unique regional dynamic interacting with the educational
system. Our software identifies the skills and training needs required to move from
one occupation to another. Our analysis of regional education providers and industry
mix produces comprehensive education gaps: annual deficits or surpluses in the number
of graduates from CIP-coded postsecondary education programs.
Focus Groups - Managing the
dynamics of multiple groups is critical to a successful focus group session. Understanding
how to apply data to set goals and achieve consensus is critical to any mission.
Our focus group sessions help natural leaders emerge while teams work to bring the
vital issues to the discussion table. Our sessions are built on performance management
processes and Malcolm Baldrige principals.
Forecasting - We build sophisticated
economic models simulating US, state, and metropolitan areas as well as industry
and firm-specific models. Our national model forecasts over 100 indicators, including
major economic activities such as GDP, interest rates, housing markets, retail sales,
and employment. We publish our national forecasts in the Blue Chip Financial Forecast,
and Housing Market Report, as well as the Philly Fed Survey of Professional
Forecasters. Our industry and firm-specific models vary from short- to long-term
forecasts of such indicators as sales, output, delinquencies, and charge offs.
Labor Market Studies
- Chmura offers Labor Market Studies customized to your individual needs. Some organizations
offer Labor Market Studies that are little more than a "data dump," with no indication
of what is important. While we have always provided accurate, timely data, it is
our analysis that sets us apart from the competition. Our customized labor market
studies include the data you seek, while providing commentary and analysis to help
the non-economist understand the story behind the data. After all, without understanding,
data is just a lot of numbers.
Publications - We publish the Virginia
Economic Trends© on a quarterly basis for our Virginia-based clients. We
create and update customized publications for clients desiring to create value for
their customers and investors.
Regional Economic Development
- We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of an area’s industry, competitiveness,
composition, identifying industry clusters; finding industries that best fit an
area’s economic development goals, and target marketing. Work in this area includes
regional industry analysis. We can also help firms find the best location for their
business using MarketsEQ®.
- We provide consulting services to help businesses find the ideal location. Our
approach is research-oriented and results driven. Economic Indicators provide a
systematic approach to matching your firm’s needs with the best market access for
your products and services as well as matching your firm to the skills needed by
the local workforce.
Software Solutions - Our
many years of experience with economic data and analysis has given us the insight
to pull together various data sets and create analytics that answer our customers
questions in an efficient manner with easy-to-navigate software.
JobsEQ® is a powerful software tool that enables workforce and economic
development, education, and job seekers to assess the skills, occupations, and industries
that will be in demand or surplus in the future. It provides the information necessary
to create a Department of Labor Community Audit.
MarketsEQ® helps businesses and economic developers find the ideal location
for a particular firm to expand, relocate, or start-up their business.
Strategic Planning - From
vision to mission to implementation and tracking performance measures, we offer
a full range of services enabling clients to improve their organization’s efficiencies
and customer satisfaction. Our balanced score card is customized to allow users
to uncover major improvement opportunities and select key result areas for improved
alignment to goals and initiatives for improving the bottom line.