Helping Regions Compete

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness is an independent not-for-profit organization founded to provide policy-makers from around the world with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute upon innovative, regional, job-creating economic strategies.

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Bridging Workforce and Economic Development in Sarnia Lambton, Ontario

CREC worked with the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Board to develop a data-driven plan for fostering and filling high-growth occupations within the region's targeted industries.

Manufacturing a New Future in Western North Carolina

CREC has done extensive work throughout North Carolina. One of our more recent projects took us to Hickory, NC, where, working with Catawba Valley Community College, we helped community leaders plot and prepare for the manufacturing future of the hard-hit, rural region.

Aloha: Creating a Welcoming Environment for Businesses

CREC, in conjunction with the Hawaii Science and Technology Council, developed a comprehensive assessment of the state's technology clusters, including the identification of their projected workforce needs.

Supporting Georgia's Work Ready Regions

Since 2008, CREC has worked with the Governor's Office of Workforce Development to provide each of the state's regions the labor force data and strategic planning assistance their policy-makers needed to make informed strategic workforce, economic and educational investments.

Nashville: Opportunities in an Urban Labor Market

In late 2010, CREC delivered the workforce study, "Leveraging the Labor Force for Economic Growth," to our client, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. The review, a follow up to CREC's 2007 study, provided area leaders with an updated analysis of how their region was impacted by the Great Recession.

Developing a New Economy in the Motor City

In partnership with Business Development Advisors, CREC established a framework for a potential life sciences initiative in Southeastern Michigan by informing and bringing together leading research, healthcare, and economic development leaders with the goal of identifying and leveraging existing assets.



CREC Met with Local Stakeholders to Assess ARC Impacts

CREC staff Mark White, Sarah Gutschow, and Wen Sun met with key Applalachian Regional Commission (ARC) stakeholders in Lewisburg, PA and Boone, NC to discuss the impact of ARC investments in their communities.


C2ER and Harvard Business School Deliver US Cluster Mapping Training

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), an affiliate of CREC, and Harvard Business School delivered one-day training class "Cluster Mapping for Economic Development" in Boston, MA this week.


CREC's Work Featured in 2014 North Carolina Statewide Economic Development Strategy Report

NC Tomorrow recently released 2014 North Carolina Statewide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy report which was developed in collaboration with the NC Association of Regional Councils by Ridgetop Associates and CREC.



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