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

Maureen Hannan
Instructional Designer


Maureen Hannan serves as Instructional Designer at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC). She is responsible for creating and managing learning solutions that meet training priorities for the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) and Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute. She leads the design, development, and implementation of eLearning curriculum—collaborating with subject matter experts to publish on-demand learning experiences for programs across the CREC portfolio.

Ms. Hannan, who joined the CREC team in June, 2020, brings more than 10 years of experience in training, instructional technology, digital content development/strategy, change management, user experience (UX), and writing. Before coming on board at CREC, she supported a wide range of member training initiatives at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). Ms. Hannan and her teammates created and led financial, economic, leadership, and governance training programs for rural electric cooperatives across the U.S.  As a financial training specialist, she authored and updated workshop curriculum, led webinar programs, supported conference- and event-based seminars, managed a blended-learning executive certification program, and innovated eLearning solutions for cooperative financial professionals.  She has also led change management, train-the-trainer, federal compliance training, and eLearning projects for the National Student Clearinghouse, a data-services nonprofit serving higher education.

Before shifting her career focus to training and instructional design, Ms. Hannan was a senior editor for a trade association magazine and a freelance journalist and blogger. Her published features, white papers, and industry benchmarking reports addressed the economic and health impacts of parks, green spaces, and trails.

Ms. Hannan received a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design and Technology from George Mason University, a Master of Arts degree in English from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia.

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