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

Increasing Labor Market Data Use for Career Pathways Intermediaries and Practitioners
Gates Foundation
Start Date: Oct 2021 — End Date: Dec 2023

CREC is supporting support cross-state labor data linkages by increasing the data capabilities (e.g., training; access) among Gates-supported regional Pathways intermediaries through state agency partnerships that galvanize systems-level change. CREC seeks to enable secure access to individual-level outcomes data through aligned data sharing agreements and strengthening relationships between approximately 14 Pathway intermediaries and their respective […]

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 […]

Administrative Datasets on Non-degree Credentials: Creating and Analyzing a Repository National Science Foundation/George Washington University
National Science Foundation
Start Date: Sep 2021 — End Date: Jul 2023

CREC is collaborating with George Washington University Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP) to support the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics’ (NCSES) use of administrative data to analyze training and education of the nation’s skilled technical workforce (STW). The limitations of survey data in this field necessitates the utilization of […]

Increasing Public Labor Market Information Capacity to Provide Sub-State and Skills Projections Data
Lumina Foundation
Start Date: Dec 2021 — End Date: Mar 2023

CREC is collaborating with the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) to increase the capacity of the public Labor Market Information (LMI) system to provide relevant substate and skills data for education and training providers. The project will inventory substate projections availability among states, review and document methods for developing substate projections, add new substate projections content […]

Counting U.S. Secondary and Postsecondary Credentials 2022-23
Credential Engine
Start Date: Jan 2022 — End Date: Mar 2023

CREC continues its work in generating a national count of unique credentials available for American workers.  The count provides the number of credentials by type and by state.  CREC is conducting research on certain credential segments to better understand patterns of credentialing in certain key industries.  CREC will provide a national report on the status […]