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

Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board

Workforce Solutions Borderplex, one of 28 workforce boards in Texas, is a nonprofit organization that provides employers with skilled workers and helps individuals develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace. It as developed a gainfully employed workforce since 1998 in the following Texas counties:

  • Brewster
  • Culberson
  • El Paso
  • Hudspeth
  • Jeff Davis
  • Presidio

Its mission is to provide skilled workers for employers by advancing education, employment, entrepreneurship and economic development opportunities in support of global competitiveness and regional prosperity.


Project Catalogue

Identifying Workforce and Economic Development Opportunities in the Upper Rio Grande Region
Start Date: Jan 2008 — End Date: Jan 2015

C2ER/CREC, in collaboration with Workforce Strategy Center, conducted a workforce needs assessment as the foundation for a regional workforce strategy for the Upper Rio Grande Region. The assessment focused on the workforce needs for key industries growing in the region, including the significant opportunities being created as a result of the planned expansion at Fort […]

El Paso Cluster Study
Start Date: Jan 2005 — End Date: Oct 2005

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) collaborated with the Institute for Planning and Economic Development at the University of Texas El Paso to identify critical industry clusters in a six-county region of Texas’ western panhandle. An element of the study involved facilitating working group sessions of key stakeholders […]