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

Pew Charitable Trusts

Pew Charitable Trusts founded in 1948, is an independent, non-profit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Pew is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems.

Informed by the founders’ interest in research, practical knowledge and a robust democracy, the Pew portfolio has grown during time to include public opinion research; arts and culture; and environmental, health, state and consumer policy initiatives. Its mission is to:

  • Improve public policy by conducting rigorous analysis, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results
  • Inform the public by providing useful data that illuminate the issues and trends shaping the world;
  • Invigorate civic life by encouraging democratic participation and strong communities. In Pew’s hometown of Philadelphia, the organization support arts and culture groups as well as institutions that enhance the well-being of the region’s neediest citizens


Project Catalogue

Start Date: Aug 2023 — End Date: Apr 2024

CREC developed a network of top state economic development executives and engaged them in a collaborative group. CREC organized a series of conference calls, interviews, and meetings with the executives. To support that work, CREC also conducted research on key issues of concern to the network, including providing insights about how to measure their success […]

State Economic Development Executives Network
Start Date: Apr 2018 — End Date: Dec 2023

CREC is continuing its on-going efforts to develop a network of top state economic development executives and engaging them in a collaborative group.  CREC is organizing a series of conference calls, interviews, and meetings with the executives.  To support that work, CREC is also conducting research on key issues of concern to the network, including […]

Business Incentives Policy & Practice Initiative
Start Date: Nov 2013 — End Date: Sep 2015

The Business Incentives Policy and Practice Initiative is a joint project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. This 18-month program engages forward-thinking leaders at the state level to reform economic development incentive policies and practices. Teams of economic development policymakers and practitioners from six states will improve those states’ ability to collect and report results from incentive investments and, as a result, develop national standards and best practices that can become road maps for other states.

Project Updates

State Econ Leaders Talk Incentives Policies, Federal Relationships
December 9, 2015

.@CRECnet's state economic development agency leaders workshop has kicked off in Phoenix. #econdev — Parry Carter (@PCarter222) November 18, 2015 State agency economic development secretaries from Hawaii to New England met for two days in Phoenix to discuss the challenges and opportunities they face in developing and delivering programs for the people they serve. […]