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

Mark Troppe
Senior Research Fellow


Mark Troppe is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), where he serves on the executive management team in guiding the organization’s future.  He leads key projects; collaborates with other senior team members to develop and implement a research, technical assistance, and training strategy; provides senior leadership to association clients; and helps develop resources and new business in support of the organization’s mission.

Specifically, Mr. Troppe leads three projects: providing technical support to OEA and grantees under the Office of Economic Adjustment’s Industry Resilience program, supporting the NIST MEP state relations program and its Manufacturing Policy Academy, and facilitating activities under the State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) network funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Over the last two years, Mark also led the EDA project on “International Engagement Ready Communities” to research regional strategies to attract foreign direct assistance and promote exports and launched a toolkit to assist regions and economic development professionals and staffed two workforce information-related associations (the Labor Market Information Institute and Projections Managing Partnership).

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