Helping Communities Shine

Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

What We Do

Project Catalogue

Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Annual Conference
Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Ongoing

The C2ER Annual Conference is held in conjunction with the LMI Institute Annual Forum, creating the premier national event for economic development researchers and labor market information analysts. The 2018 Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, June 4-8. Conference highlights include industry-leading keynotes, training classes and breakout sessions, the annual State Economic Researchers’ Roundtable, […]


Projections Managing Partnership Staff Support
Projections Managing Partnership
Start Date: Jan 2009 — End Date: Ongoing

In cooperation with the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute, CREC assists the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) in the administration of their Labor Market Information Improvement Grant, a funding stream from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


Council for Community and Economic Research Staff Support
Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Ongoing

CREC provides the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) with high-talent staff and management support, access to its broad network of economic and data professionals, and a foundational base upon which it can sustainably grow. CREC also coordinates and plans the annual C2ER Conference and organizes and coordinates its regular trainings


Labor Market Information Institute Staff Support
Labor Market Information Institute
Start Date: Jan 2008 — End Date: Ongoing

CREC provides staff and management support to the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute. CREC also regularly organizes the LMI Institute Annual Forum, which brings together labor market researchers, policy-makers, and data users from across the country annually.


State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database
Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)
Start Date: Jan 2007 — End Date: Ongoing

CREC gathers state economic development budget data and aggregates it into a database that allows on-going comparisons.  The expenditure data can be used by policy makers for ideas on new policy recommendations, state officers and agencies for comparing or and evaluating existing budget allocations, and economic development professionals for highlighting the spending in a particular […]