CREC Project News and Updates

CREC Meets with NIST-MEP in Dallas, Texas

September 23, 2015

Ken Poole and John Marotta traveled to Dallas, Texas to meet with NIST-MEP system partners from around the country to evaluate the latest trends and challenges in the field.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a measurement standards laboratory, which is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. The institute’s official mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

Since 1988, the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has been committed to strengthening U.S. manufacturing, continually evolving to meet the changing needs of manufacturers. MEP’s strategic objective is to create value for all manufacturers, with a particular focus on small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Jobs and Employment Data Exchange (JEDx)
Start Date: Mar 2021 — End Date: May 2021

JEDx is an initiative to develop a public-private approach for collecting and using standards-based jobs and employment data. JEDx seeks to transform how job and employment data are organized, shared, and used to provide greater value to employers, workers/learners, government agencies, and others to improve the efficiency and equity of labor markets while protecting privacy. […]

Southwest Pennsylvania Defense Contracts Analysis
Start Date: Mar 2019 — End Date: Dec 2021

Given the rapid and ongoing changes within the defense industry, CREC is working with leaders in Southwest Pennsylvania to better understand the far-reaching assets, opportunities and impacts of its defense-related supply chains. Specifically, the CREC Team is conducting a defense contracts analysis and defense economy overview of the region’s defense industry. The research focuses on […]

DDAA Rural Broadband and EDA CARES Act Funding Peer Best Practices Research Report
Start Date: Oct 2020 — End Date: Mar 2021

The Development District Association of Appalachia contracted with CREC to gain insights about local development district efforts to improve their respective regions – specifically, to better understand local development district uses of CARES funding as well as to gain insights on best practices in promoting rural broadband.  The project will provide DDAA members with best […]

Early Childhood Education Pre-Apprenticeship Model Project
Start Date: Jan 2020 — End Date: Dec 2020

This report on the Early Childhood Education Pre-Apprenticeship Model was prepared for the 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and Center for Urban and Regional Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill with support from the Pennsylvania Key and the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development & Early Learning. Early childhood education (ECE) […]

Community Indicators Consortium
Start Date: Jan 2021 — End Date: Dec 2021

The Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) is a global network that supports efforts to use community data to improve quality of life. CIC provides resources and tools to help communities and practitioners advance the practice and effective use of community indicators. The includes increasing the use of indicators for monitoring community conditions and advancing sustainability, promoting […]

Texas Research Differentiation Report, 2021
Start Date: Jan 2021 — End Date: Jun 2021

CREC is working with the Austin Technology Incubator, Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST), and University of Texas at Austin to identify and document the state’s advantages in academic and applied research, including promising late-stage research relative to global innovation leaders. With this information, the project […]

Delta Workforce Program
Start Date: Jan 2021 — End Date: Oct 2021

The Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Workforce Program faces the dual challenge of developing new talent for the region’s leading industries while also supporting the retraining and reskilling of displaced and underutilized workers in distressed communities. With this Labor Market and Workforce Report, CREC aims to advance the Program’s goals of building a more prosperous Delta […]

Strategy Guidance Note on the Promotion of Public Sector Data Sharing
Start Date: Dec 2020 — End Date: Jan 2021

CREC developed a Strategy Guidance Note and related global case studies on data sharing as a principle of sound policymaking which can contribute to strengthening the effectiveness of institutions. The United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) has developed a set of principles of effective governance for sustainable development to provide practical, expert […]

Developing a Community Empowerment Scorecard
Start Date: Apr 2020 — End Date: Jul 2021

CREC is assisting the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) in promoting economic mobility among the individuals that are receiving employment assistance.  CREC is developing a community empowerment scorecard to help CWDC monitor the various factors that contribute to jobseeker mobility.  The scorecard will focus on examining career pathways and partnerships in the retail sector that […]

Assisting College Leaders In Using Labor Market Data to Drive Education and Training Curriculum
Start Date: Feb 2020 — End Date: Oct 2020

CREC worked with FTCC leadership and staff to translate data about labor market trends into more demand-driven curriculum plans that recognize key labor market opportunities as an important criterion in allocating limited college resources. Through this effort, CREC reviewed how FTCC used data in its curriculum planning process and facilitated working sessions with the Board, senior staff, […]