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

Tim Griffith
Senior Research Associate


Tim Griffith is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC). Mr. Griffith has over 10 years of professional experience in federal and state workforce development and Unemployment Insurance (UI) policy, program evaluation, and research. His research and evaluation areas of expertise include evaluation design, performance measurement, survey design, conducting interviews, econometric methods for experimental and quasi-experimental studies, qualitative analysis, research dissemination, project management, and evaluation technical assistance. He also has policy expertise on U.S. labor market issues with specific programmatic knowledge of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and UI programs.

At CREC, Mr. Griffith manages and supports the design and execution of applied research, evaluation, technical assistance, and capacity building projects for local, regional, state, federal, and philanthropic clients. He assists in leading projects focused on executing the research agenda of the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP), including an initiative to expand availability and access to substate employment projections. Mr. Griffith also currently works on a CREC labor market study funded by the Carolina Cyber Network (CCN) to provide information and insights on the needs of employers in North Carolina to improve the cybersecurity talent pipeline in the state. Mr. Griffith also coordinates work focused on enhancing wage records to meet the needs of workforce, higher education, and economic development.

Prior to joining CREC, Mr. Griffith worked at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) as the Director of Research and Evaluation for the UI Integrity. Mr. Griffith led the design, planning, and execution of several multi-site evaluations of UI pilot and demonstration projects. He also supported the convening and facilitation of discussion on issues facing state labor market information offices. After his tenure at NASWA, Mr. Griffith worked as a Senior Research Associate at MEF Associates, a social policy and evaluation firm working across various subject areas that included workforce development, human services, evaluation technical assistance and causal evidence standards.

Mr. Griffith holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in quantitative methods, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics (minor) from Ohio State University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation from Michigan State University.

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