Helping Communities Shine

Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

Enhancing State and Local EDO Engagement to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency

U.S. Economic Development Administration
Start Date: Jul 2021 — End Date: Jul 2023

The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a 2-year $1 million grant to the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) to support the State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network through technical assistance, training, and research.  CREC will work in collaboration with the National Association of Development Organizations (representing the EDA-funded economic development districts), the State International Development Organizations (representing state international trade offices), and the American Manufacturing Communities Collaborative (representing state and regional manufacturing intermediaries).   The grant seeks to improve coordination of economic recovery strategies among states, EDA, and local economic development partners. The project leverages existing Pew Charitable Trust funding to support a cohort learning network among the states and a “Policy Academy” engaging six states to improve the linkage between state and local strategies aimed at recovery from COVID-19. The project seeks to coordinate state COVID-19 recovery plans with EDA-approved local comprehensive economic development strategies (CEDS). It places special emphasis on the importance of international engagement in the solutions offered (by supporting www.USACompetes.com) and supports SEDE Network efforts to develop educational programming, leadership development, a best practices guide, and on-going peer exchanges among state leaders as well as structured communication between the states and EDA, state working group discussions, topical webinars, and peer-led activities to inform state executives and their key staff.

Technical Assistance

About the Client

U.S. Economic Development Administration

EDA plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation.