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

The Census Project
Association of Public Data Users
Start Date: Jan 2019 — End Date: Dec 2020

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 […]

Early Childhood Education Pre-Apprenticeship Model Project
District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund
Start Date: Jan 2020 — End Date: Dec 2020

This report on the Early Childhood Education Pre-Apprenticeship Model was prepared for the 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and Center for Urban and Regional Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill with support from the Pennsylvania Key and the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development & Early Learning. Early childhood education (ECE) […]

Counting U.S. Secondary and Postsecondary Credentials, Phase III
Credential Engine
Start Date: Jan 2020 — End Date: Nov 2020

CREC proposed to continue its work in counting credentials, but we also sought to generate a more thorough understanding of the accessibility of credentials for Americans by counting the number of credentials by state, examining the types of credentials offered, and better understanding what organizations offer these credentials.  In addition, CREC conducted preliminary research on […]

Assisting College Leaders In Using Labor Market Data to Drive Education and Training Curriculum
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Start Date: Feb 2020 — End Date: Oct 2020

CREC worked with FTCC leadership and staff to translate data about labor market trends into more demand-driven curriculum plans that recognize key labor market opportunities as an important criterion in allocating limited college resources. Through this effort, CREC reviewed how FTCC used data in its curriculum planning process and facilitated working sessions with the Board, senior staff, […]

Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative Program Evaluation
U.S. Small Business Administration
Start Date: Oct 2019 — End Date: Sep 2020

CREC and Optimal Solutions Group are providing program evaluation services to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Performance Management on its Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative. SBA’s Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) Initiative was launched in September 2010, with funding now provided to 14 industry clusters across the country focused on geospatial technology products, water technologies, […]