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

Michael P. Gilroy
Senior Workforce Fellow


Michael Gilroy is the Senior Workforce Fellow at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC).  Michael has 18 years of professional experience in federal and local policymaking, program design and program execution at local, regional, state federal levels.

Prior to joining CREC Michael, founded Engage, Educate, Employ, a consultancy focused on the needs of workers in manufacturing economies.  E3’s first client was the Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, where Michael advised on an effort to create a national strategy for advanced manufacturing workforce development and synchronize the Educational and Workforce Development efforts of nine Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

Prior to founding E3, Michael was the Program Director for Industry Resilience at the Office of Economic Adjustment, a Department of Defense agency.  There he led multidisciplinary teams assisting communities in economic transition to design programs and policies that support bottom-up development of workforce ecosystems and build healthy, vibrant communities.  With over 60 direct engagements with defense manufacturing communities, Michael is a nationally recognized expert in the needs of workers in technology-driven economies.

Before his service with the Department of Defense, Gilroy was the Program Director for Base Realignment and Closure at the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).  There he designed a response program of national scope to assist dislocated workers affected by the decisions of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.  While at USDOL, he also designed the Department’s first program to assist military spouses with credential portability, and created the Strategic Action Team program, the USDOL’s first-responder program for communities in economic distress.  From 2007-2009 Michael served as the Department’s point person for recovery from the effects of Hurricane Katrina in the State of Louisiana. Michael was also an original plank holder in Labor’s WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) initiative where he led the federal program team for two regions and served as deputy on three other regional program teams.

A U.S. Army combat veteran, Michael holds master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and in Strategy from the United States Naval War College.  He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute resident program in Charlotteville, Virginia.

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