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; and helps develop resources and new business in support of the organization’s mission.

Specifically, Mr. Troppe advises on three projects: providing technical support to a project aligning state and regional economic development leaders for the Economic Development Administration, supporting the NIST MEP state relations program and SSTI in work with manufacturing extension centers, and organizing products, services, and events for the State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) network funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Mark worked for 25 years on policy and programs related to manufacturing, innovation, economic and workforce development at the US Departments of Labor and Commerce and enjoys sharing that federal perspective with CREC’s clients and staff.

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