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

North Carolina Department of Commerce

The North Carolina Department of Commerce is responsible for state economic, community and workforce development. It works with local, regional, national and international organizations to fulfill its mission to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for all North Carolinians.

Taking a comprehensive approach to economic development, the department’s work reaches many areas and links employers with workforce members. The department is also responsible for recruiting companies to the state and helping existing North Carolina companies expand.


Project Catalogue

Meeting the Needs of LMI Customers
Start Date: Jan 2014 — End Date: Dec 2014

This workshop prompted staff to consider not only their wide array of customers, but also how their products help those customers answer their vital questions. Through a series of small group activities, staff identified primary customer groups and what they can do to assist these core customers. They were also asked to provide input about […]

NC State of the Workforce Study and Policy Development Process
Start Date: Oct 2006 — End Date: Oct 2007

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) collaborated with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce to analyze the State’s current labor market in and identified major supply and demand characteristics, barriers, and gaps. The study examined demographic trends and labor market issues, with an emphasis on the differences […]