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

Tucker Plumlee
Senior Research Associate


Tucker Plumlee joined the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) as a Senior Research Associate in March 2023. Prior to CREC, Mr. Plumlee was the Associate Director of Labor Market Intelligence at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) where he guided the College’s analysis of regional workforce trends and developed a portfolio of research products to communicate strategic, data-driven insights to staff, faculty, students, and community partners. Mr. Plumlee began his career in economic and workforce development at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) as a research analyst in 2015, where he provided analytical support for consulting and technical assistance projects with chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and institutions of higher education from across the country.

Mr. Plumlee holds a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University, a Master of Arts from the Iliff School of Theology, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He is also a Certified Economic Research Professional (CERP) through the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).


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