COVID-19 Crisis Response

Find out what the CELab is doing to help communities brace for impact.


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Think tank ponders more doing as Taylor takes reins

Who We Are

We are a think tank for entrepreneurs, economic developers, workforce developers, educators, poverty advocates, physicists, engineers and planners.

What We Do

We create new solutions to the biggest, hardest problems facing community economies.

Work With Us

We are looking for thinkers, planners and doers to contribute to inventing the future of economic development.

“We work on the major problems facing economic development today…the stuff that most people are afraid to work on.”

– Mark Lautman

A New Algorithm

The CELab is developing a more comprehensive and rigorous planning and management process for the economic development of communities.

New Program Approaches

We develop new job creation program approaches to work in the 21st Century.

New Connections

We are working on the practical integration of job creation, workforce development, education and poverty reduction.

Artificial Intelligence

We are exploring the accelerating impact of artificial intelligence and technology on the future of state, regional and local economies.


Physical Science Research Associates

In a box = Outside the box

Physics in a Box from PhySciRA is the difference-maker for our youth and our future economy. Learn more at our Allied Organizations page or visit

Bending the Education Curve, Once COVID-19’s is Flattened

Bending the Education Curve, Once COVID-19’s is Flattened

We’re flattening one curve by dutifully observing stay-at-home and social-distancing orders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But even when public-health orders are lifted, returning students will desperately need our collective resolve to bend another...

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Think tank ponders more doing as Taylor takes reins

Think tank ponders more doing as Taylor takes reins

When economic-development thought leader Mark Lautman founded the Community Economics Laboratory in 2009, he recognized that the job-creation profession was changing and becoming more difficult.? During his 35-year career, Lautman designed and managed economy-building...

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