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

Mereb Hagos
Program Manager


Mereb Hagos joined the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) team in April 2017, and currently serves as a Program Manager. Ms. Hagos leads CREC’s efforts to maintain the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database, contributes to the maintenance of the C2ER State Business Incentives Database, analyzes data for the Cost of Living Index (COLI), and assists with the product development and marketing efforts.

Ms. Hagos is responsible for the day-to-day workflow of the State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database, a compilation of 13,000 records of executive budget data on all 50 states’ investments in economic development using a consistent categorization of expenses across states. In support of CREC’s evaluation effort for the DoD Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) Defense Industry Adjustment program, Ms. Hagos participated in interviews, then wrote and updated project summaries for four grantees, including Colorado, Alabama, and Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, she provides research assistance to the International Engagement Ready Communities (IERC) Initiative, a cooperative effort to produce a rigorous, validated set of tools that can be used by regions across the United States to develop and execute a plan to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and foster export promotion. Ms. Hagos plays a significant role in the COLI data review and product development. She assists with the review of COLI data, compiling and analyzing data for the County Level Index, and provides research support for the collection of cell phone tax data.

In addition to research, Ms. Hagos’ responsibilities at CREC include providing management support C2ER, including board and membership association activities and facilitating webinars.

Ms. Hagos initially joined CREC as an intern prior to moving into a full-time role. Previously, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, where she gained experience in grant writing and research, community development, and knowledge of non-profit principles and practices.

Ms. Hagos holds a Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in Regional Economic Development from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida.

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