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
Curriculum and Training Program Manager


Maureen Hannan serves as Curriculum and Training Program Manager 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. As lead instructional designer, she designs, develops, and advises on a wide variety of training programs serving members of the associations CREC manages. Her project portfolio includes eLearning course design/authoring for economic development researchers (C2ER and LMII), LMS administration and community of practice development for state projections analysts (PMP), case-based online learning for local development district managers (DDAA), software tutorial production, and content/platform development for many of CREC’s live training offerings (PEW SEDE, APDU, CIC, LMII, C2ER, and PMP).

Before joining CREC, Ms. Hannan supported 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 administrators and researchers.

Before shifting her career focus to training and instructional design/technology, Ms. Hannan was a senior editor for a trade association magazine and a freelance journalist, copywriter, and digital marketing specialist. 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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