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

Jennie Allison
Senior Program Manager


Jennie Allison serves as Senior Program Manager for the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC). With the organization since September 2014, she works with the membership associations, manages the Cost of Living Index (COLI), directs the organization’s training program, and provides project facilitation and technical support.

As COLI product owner, Jennie coordinates the collection of and compiles all the data provided from volunteers in nearly 400 communities from metro and micropolitan areas throughout the United States, manages subscriber correspondence, and methodically works to enhance both the quality of the data gathered and the form which it is presented to the end user. She assists with new product development and enhancement, and overall marketing efforts.

Jennie provides management support for membership associations and co-directs the annual meetings for these groups including the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute, Projections Managing Partnership (PMP), Community Indicators Consortium (CIC), and the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). Currently Jennie is serving as facilitator with the Recovery to Work Project, helping local economic development districts within the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) create local ecosystems to get those in recovery back into the workforce and healthy, independent local citizens.

She is a proud Double Dawg with a Master of Science degree in Environmental and Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of Georgia.

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