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 Executives Network
Pew Charitable Trusts
Start Date: Apr 2018 — End Date: Dec 2022

CREC is continuing its on-going efforts to develop a network of top state economic development executives and engaging them in a collaborative group.  CREC is organizing a series of conference calls, interviews, and meetings with the executives.  To support that work, CREC is also conducting research on key issues of concern to the network, including […]

The Census Project
Association of Public Data Users
Start Date: Jan 2019 — End Date: Dec 2022

With support from the New Venture Fund and the Annie Casey Foundation, CREC is providing fiscal agency support the Census Project on behalf of APDU. Led by Mary Jo Hoeksema, Project Director, and Howard Fienberg, Co-Director, the Census Project is a broad-based network of national, state, and local organizations supporting a fair and accurate 2020 […]

Community Capacity Building for Using Treasury State and Local Fiscal Relief Funds
Appalachia Regional Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Start Date: Jan 2022 — End Date: Dec 2022

CREC, working with the National Association of Counties and Entreworks Consulting is providing training and technical assistance to communities identifying catalytic projects that use ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Fund dollars. The project is developing and delivering five virtual training sessions designed for LDDs, local elected officials and their key staff on the ARPA Local Fiscal […]

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 […]

Program Support for Treasury’s SSBCI Initiative
U.S. Department of Treasury, State Small Business Credit Initiative
Start Date: Sep 2021 — End Date: Sep 2022

CREC is providing advisory and programmatic support to assist the successful implementation and operation of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Activities will include formulating SSBCI eligibility and approval criteria, creating of standards and requirements for participation of lenders and investors, and aligning the SSBCI program with the requirements for […]