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 fellow

Sheila Martin
Senior Fellow


Sheila Martin is the founder and principal of Triple Helix Partnerships, LLC, a firm specializing in analysis, planning, and facilitation to support economic development and higher education engagement. Dr. Martin is also a strategic advisor for economic and community engagement for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, where she served as Vice President for Economic and Community Engagement from 2018 to 2021.

Prior to joining APLU, Dr. Martin served as Director of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies and the Population Research Center at Portland State University. She provided a portal to the University’s knowledge resources for the community and directed the Institute’s research and service activities. Dr. Martin also served as a faculty member in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. She taught courses on economic development policy and mentored students interested in economic and community development and community engagement.

Dr. Martin was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and served at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Economics in Slovenia in 2012-2013. She coached a group of students to develop an economic development strategy for the Nova Goriška region of Slovenia, which was then adopted by the mayor. She also studied Slovenian government-university-industry research partnerships and presented her findings to the Slovenian Science and Technology Council.

Prior to joining PSU in 2004, Dr. Martin served as Washington State Governor Gary Locke’s economic development advisor, developing and implementing the Governor’s economic development initiatives. Dr. Martin also worked as a Senior Economist at the RTI International. While at RTI, Sheila built a research program in technology economics and policy, directing research about the value of innovation, the impact of technology on industry, and the effectiveness of technology policy.

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