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EARNCon 2023

October 4, 2023 - October 6, 2023

EARNCon 2023 will lay the groundwork needed for a state- and local-worker-centered research and policy agenda for 2024 and beyond, highlighting approaches and solutions for racial, economic, and gender justice while also building and strengthening a community of researchers, policy analysts, and grassroots organizers. We’re excited to be partnering again with the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE), which is dedicated to exploring how race, ethnicity, gender, and class intersect to affect economic outcomes in the United States so that we can craft policies that produce equitable prosperity and opportunity.


Registration is now open! Please register here.

Don’t forget to book your hotel using the link found under the Location and Accommodation section below.

Location and Accommodations

The conference will be held at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center, located in downtown Detroit. Please use this link to book your hotel room.

Only participants who use the link above will be able to take advantage of our special room rate. Please book your hotel now! We look forward to seeing you there.

COVID Protocols and Consent Form

We will be requiring all attendees to test daily using antigen rapid tests. All attendees will be required to show proof of their negative test to conference planners before participating in EARNCon activities. 

Additionally, we require all attendees to review and sign EARNCon 2023’s COVID consent form. To see the full COVID protocols and to review and sign the consent form, please click here.

Agenda Summary

Wednesday, October 4

1:00 – 7:00 PM Registration

1:00 – 4:30 PM EARN Director’s Meeting

1:00 – 4:30 PM Data Bootcamp

  • Data Analysis in R
  • Introducing the new EARN Code Library
  • Accessing public data with R

5:00 – 7:00 PM Opening Plenary and Dinner

  • Driver’s Licenses for All in Michigan Campaign

7:00 – 9:00 PM Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 5

7:45 – 8:45 AM Breakfast

8:45 – 10:00 AM PREE Plenary

  • Examining Assaults on Public Education: The Right-Wing Agenda and its Implications for Equity in Schools

10:10 – 11:10 AM Workshop Sessions 1.1

  • EVs and the Future of Auto Manufacturing
  • Local, State, and Federal Reparations Initiatives
  • The Fight for $15 (and beyond) Continues
  • “Can You Put This On Social?”: Squaring Complex Policies with the Needs of Digital Media

11:20 – 12:20 PM Workshop Sessions 1.2

  • Worker and Family Health as a Political Economic Choice
  • Worker Power and Tax Justice: Building Multi-issue Coalitions to Win Good Jobs, Equity, and Vital Public Investments 
  • Building and Innovating the Early Care and Education Infrastructure: Employers, Unions, and Home-based Child Care (HBCC)
  • The Power of Organizing: How to Build a Plan to Win

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 PM Children and Families Plenary

  • The Industrial Policy Still Needed: Care Infrastructure that Allows Children, Parents, and Care Workers to Thrive

2:50 – 3:50 PM Workshop Sessions 1.3

  • Validating Data Analysis Through Benchmarking: Hands-on R Programming for Analyzing Public Data Sources
  • Impact of Structural Racism on Family and Child Well-Being
  • Building Immigrant Worker Power
  • Crafting a Message to Move the Movement

4:00 – 5:30 PM Flex Meetings

  • PREE Office Hours
  • Data Office Hours
  • Communications Office Hours

5:30 – 6:45 PM Cohort Socials

7:00 – 8:30 PM Group Activity (TBD)

Friday, October 6

7:45 – 8:45 AM Breakfast

8:45 – 10:00 AM Industrial Policy Plenary

  • State and Local Strategies for Leveraging Federal Industrial Policy Investments to Advance Worker Power, Equity, and Climate Goals

10:10 – 11:10 AM Workshop Sessions 2.1

  • Creating Compelling Visual Narratives: Making Publication-Quality Charts in R and Tableau Public
  • Political Economy of Environmental Racism
  • How Local Governments can Protect Workers Even When States Don’t Want Them To: Possibilities for Local Action in States with Preemption
  • Cutting Corporate Giveaways, Strengthening Public Services

11:20 – 12:35 PM Closing Plenary

  • Meeting the Moment

12:35 – 2:00 PM Lunch and Close

Agenda is subject to change

Questions? Contact:

Email us at [email protected].


October 4, 2023
October 6, 2023
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Economic Analysis & Research Network (EARN) at Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
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Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI 28243 United States
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The Economic Policy Institute would like to thank the following funders for their ongoing and generous support for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN): 
  • Anonymous  
  • American Federation of Teachers 
  • Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust 
  • Ford Foundation  
  • International Association of Machinists  
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Kresge Foundation  
  • National Association of Letter Carriers  
  • National Education Association 
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation 
  • Omidyar Network
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Service Employees International Union 
  • Surdna Foundation 
  • United Auto Workers  
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters 
  • United Food and Commercial Workers 
  • United Steelworkers of America 
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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