Project Updates

Join the 2021 National BR|E Benchmarking Summer Challenge!
June 7, 2021

Now, 15 months after the Covid “Gap,” and a dozen months of pandemic-laced reengagement, the BIG question is. “How has primary sector business and their satisfaction with their community operating environment changed?” To answer these important questions, CREC in association with C2ER and the Synchronist User Community are embarking on a joint national benchmarking project […]

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Synchronist Joins the CREC Network!
June 1, 2021

Synchronist joins the CREC network! CREC CEO Ken Poole on the strategic alliance with Blane, Canada Blane, Canada CEO Eric Canada on the strategic alliance with CREC Join the 2021 National BR|E Benchmarking Summer Challenge! Data to Drive Our Economic Future Today we are announcing a strategic alliance between Blane, Canada Ltd. and the Center […]

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CREC Report to be Featured at Center for American Progress Event
October 7, 2016

The report that CREC completed for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) will be featured at the “Entrepreneurship for All” event at the Center for American Progress on October 13, 2016. You can find out more information and register for the event here.

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CREC’s Kenneth Poole Receives U.S. Census Bureau’s Local Employment Dynamics Innovation Award
March 8, 2016

  Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) CEO Kenneth Poole was recognized Monday for his work to promote efforts around the U.S. Census Bureau’s Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program. In doing so, Census noted that his efforts raise the bar on practices that help America’s jobs, workers, and local economies. Poole, who founded CREC in 2000, stated […]

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Talent Development: Federal-State Economic Development Collaborations
December 9, 2015

Topic Overview Workforce development—or Talent Development—encompasses initiatives that educate and train individuals to meet the needs of current and future business and industry in order to maintain a sustainable competitive economic environment.  In a recent survey of corporate executives, two of the top three most important site selection factors relate to workforce development (Citation: “The Role of Workforce […]

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Entrepreneurship: Federal-State Economic Development Collaborations
December 9, 2015

Topic Overview Promoting entrepreneurship is an increasingly visible part of the national innovation strategy for achieving sustainable growth and quality jobs. Not only do startups bring a wealth of transformative innovations to market, they also play a critical role in job creation across the United States, especially among traditionally disadvantaged populations. Entrepreneurs that grow their […]

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Regional Innovation Clusters: Federal-State Economic Development Collaborations
December 9, 2015

Topic Overview Regional innovation clusters represent concentrations of companies that develop innovative products and services, along with specialized suppliers, service providers, universities, and other associated institutions. The idea that this concentration of activity is important as a foundation for economic growth has been well known for decades by academics and was one of the founding […]

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Technology Acceleration: Federal-State Economic Development Collaborations
December 9, 2015

Topic Overview Technology acceleration is defined as integrating technology into the products, processes, services and business models of existing companies to solve existing problems in the commercial marketplace or to help the private sector pursue opportunities that will result in growth. Technology acceleration is an ideal for economic development that incorporates the entire innovation continuum, […]

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Small Business Finance: Federal-State Economic Development Collaborations
December 9, 2015

Small Business Finance Topic Overview Access to capital is a lifeblood for small businesses – it helps businesses expand, hire new workers, build a new factory, or buy a piece of new equipment. Small business financing is a structural problem. While small businesses employ nearly half of Americans, they have difficulty accessing private capital markets. […]

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Foreign Direct Investment and Export Trade Promotion: Federal-State Economic Development Collaborations
December 9, 2015

Topic Overview Foreign direct investment (FDI) represents the recruitment of a new company from outside the U.S., and it has long been an important policy priority for states. FDI is important for economic growth and well-being because it provides jobs, fuels innovation, and creates long term economic relationships between the U.S. and its trading partners. […]

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