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

Building a Strong State-Federal Partnership to Support Manufacturing
National Institute of Standards & Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Start Date: Oct 2002 — End Date: Ongoing

CREC worked with several partners, including the State Science & Technology Institute, to develop a strong support structure for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) program as it seeks to help manufacturers become globally competitive.

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), EDD COP
National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)
Start Date: Jan 2023 — End Date: Apr 2027

CREC is partnering with the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), University Economic Development Association (UEDA), National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), and First Nations Development Institute on a five-year effort to build and nurture the Economic Development District Community of Practice (EDD CoP).  Led by NADO, with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration […]

Jobs and Employment Data Exchange (JEDx)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)
Start Date: Dec 2023 — End Date: Sep 2025

The JEDx initiative is an effort coordinated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation that seeks to develop a public-private approach for collecting and using standards-based jobs and employment data across states. CREC is playing an advisory role by helping to inform: the ongoing development of a standardized data model for employment and wage data […]

Evaluating TPM Career Readiness Academy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)
Start Date: Jul 2024 — End Date: Jun 2025

CREC is collaborating with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the ongoing development of evaluation metrics for the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) Academy. CREC will review metrics recommended in the TPM curricula, those identified by states participating in the Career Readiness Academy and will provide new metrics as appropriate. By engaging participants alongside their […]

GO Virginia
GO Virginia
Start Date: Nov 2023 — End Date: Oct 2024

The Talent Pathway Initiative (TPI) is a project of Go Virginia Region 7 that will bring together perspectives of leaders in business and education to address Northern Virginia’s workforce needs in computer services, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies. The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and George Mason University (GMU) Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) will […]