CREC Project News and Updates

RFP: Seeking Five Cross-Agency Teams to Participate in State Data Sharing Initiative

June 24, 2016

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, is undertaking a research and technical assistance project to encourage Data Sharing for State Policy Making & Program Evaluation. This initiative aims to help state agencies expand access to administrative records in a way that protects privacy while supporting better evidence-based economic and workforce development strategies.

CREC is seeking to select five state teams to collaborate with one another and with CREC experts to help facilitate greater access to privacy-protected corporate tax and unemployment insurance data that can help validate the impact public workforce and economic development programs. Participating states will benefit from joining a strong community of peer agencies working to establish best practices in data sharing, and from tailored assistance in the design and implementation of state-specific action plans.

Click here to download the Request for Proposals.

Teams representing data stewards (i.e., state revenue or taxation) as well as data users (i.e., economic and/or workforce development agencies) are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested parties should submit proposals by COB Friday, July 15, 2016.

Please direct any questions to CREC Project Manager, Haden Springer, at (703) 522-4980 x1011, or at

We look forward to receiving a proposal from Texas.

About This Project

State Data Sharing Initiative
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Feb 2018

CREC is gathered information about state laws and regulations that govern business revenue and UI data disclosure to determine best practices for maintaining the safety of data as well as best practices for expanding access to confidential data for qualified researchers and policymakers. We will also provide assistance to five states seeking to reform their data governance and sharing policies based on best practices from other states.

About the Client

Laura and John Arnold Foundation

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s core objective is to address the nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches. The Foundation strives to create functional solutions that target the root causes, not just the symptoms, of these problems. The solutions must be both scalable nationally and sustainable without permanent philanthropy. Learn more at