About CREC

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded to provide policy-makers from around the world with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute innovative, regional, job-creating economic strategies.

Our staff members come from around the globe, bringing with them diverse backgrounds, and world-class skill sets.

CREC staff

Jacob Stenstrom
Research Analyst


Jacob Stenstrom rejoined the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) team in 2023, and currently serves as a Research Analyst. Mr. Stenstrom assists with data analysis for projects across CREC and assists with the Council for Community and Economic Research’s (C2ER) product development and e-learning efforts.

Primarily, Mr. Stenstrom supports the Cost of Living Index, which reports data from over 250 cities across the United States. In support of the Cost of Living Index, he collects and analyzes data to ensure accurate results that are up to the standards of CREC and its customers. Additionally, Mr. Stenstrom combs through states’ budget document documents and agency websites to aid in keeping CREC’s State Expenditure and Business Incentives Databases up to date. He also contributes to various research projects and training tools.

Initially, Mr. Stenstrom joined CREC as an intern, research assistant, and consultant prior to moving into a full-time role as a Research Analyst. Previously, he worked as an intern at Internal Revenue Service: Criminal Investigation, where he gained experience with data and policy analysis, as well as, knowledge of government agency reporting, process, and service.

Mr. Stenstrom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts degree in Economic Policy from Boston University.

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