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

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 […]

Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership Webinar Training Series
U.S. Census Bureau, Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics Program
Start Date: Jan 2012 — End Date: Ongoing

C2ER and the LMI Institute work with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics Program to design, produce and conduct the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership webinar trainings series. This monthly webinar series seeks to explain the LED Partnership, the various data it provides, and the many capabilities of its systems, including presentations by data […]

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.

Enhancing State and Local EDO Engagement to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Start Date: Jul 2021 — End Date: Jul 2023

The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a 2-year $1 million grant to the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) to support the State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network through technical assistance, training, and research.  CREC will work in collaboration with the National Association of Development Organizations (representing the EDA-funded economic development districts), the State International […]

National Skills Coalition Initiative
National Skills Coalition
Start Date: Jul 2021 — End Date: Sep 2022

CREC is supporting with the National Skills Coalition initiative to expand upskilling for essential workers and ensure small businesses have the talent they need to succeed. NSC aims to close racial and other equity gaps and address the demand for digital skills. CREC will design and develop state data profiles that support qualitative inquiry, peer […]