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 multiple membership associations including the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute, Projections Managing Partnership (PMP), and the Community Indicators Consortium (CIC). She manages the Cost of Living Index (COLI), directs the organization’s training program, and provides research and technical support.

Ms. Allison co-facilitates, curates, and manages the annual C2ER and LMI Institute Conference hosting over 250 attendees and speakers. Pivoting to a virtual format in 2020 with six weeks’ notice, she co-led the team to have the highest attendance ever in 60 years.

As COLI project manager, Ms. Allison 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. Under her supervision, the final survey response rate has exceeded 70 percent in each of the past nine quarters. Ms. Allison assists with new product development and enhancement, and overall marketing efforts. In her role as COLI manager, she responds to media inquiries or any other outside requests related to the Index.

Additionally, Ms. Allison provides management support for four associations, including board and membership association activities, as well as directing the training program. In 2019 she oversaw the launch of the eLearning program. She is proud that C2ER has released one eLearning course annually over the last three years.

Before joining the CREC team, Ms. Allison worked for an economic development district agency in southeast Georgia providing technical economic development assistance. In this role she helped the 13 member counties promote regional economic development through various economic and workforce development projects.

Ms. Allison holds 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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