Build & Grow Relationships

The best policies are based on data-driven research, using engaged, diverse stakeholders and by fostering thought that motivates people to think regionally. It is a process that CREC has done successfully since 2009, and it has helped expand our client base and grow communities. Clients vary from single municipalities and private-sector firms:

• Cities • Think tanks
• States • National organizations

Client Profile

Centralina Council of Governments

The Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) is located in the Central Piedmont of North Carolina and encompasses nine counties and 74 municipalities, representing almost two million people and headquartered in the City of Charlotte.

(CCOG) is a voluntary organization of municipal and county governments serving the Greater Charlotte region. Formed in 1968, it is one of 16 regional councils in North Carolina established by the state’s General Assembly to meet the region’s needs on a wide range of governance issues. CCOG serves a 9-county area including Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union. CCOG assists local governments in coordinating for sound regional development and provides a forum to address issues best handled through regional cooperation, planning and action. CCOG provides a variety of services for our region including the administration of state and federal grants in the areas of aging, workforce development, economic development and planning. Centralina COG also provides technical assistance services to local government members and other organizations in the areas of: regional planning, transportation, energy and environment, local government assistance, and business resources.

It aims to help the region find innovative solutions to both existing and future challenges. It also works to unify the region’s collective resources so that the economy and jobs flourish as it works to control the cost of government.


Project Catalogue

Analyzing the Supply Chain and Value System of Charlotte Manfacturing
Start Date: Nov 2014 — End Date: Feb 2015

CREC identified industry value chains for the region’s targeted manufacturing industries, explored the components of several major clusters, determined which industries were are connected to one another within the clusters and the nature of their relationship.