Technical Assistance

Our technical assistance aids policymakers and workforce development staff to better implement innovation and job-creation strategies by:

• Understanding the economic forces affecting regions and states
• Helping local leaders formulate knowledge-based strategies
• Developing transformational models that support knowledge-driven economic prosperity

Building On the Knowledge Economy

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) uses information and data to create resources and toolkits so that state and national policymakers can evaluate, shape, and implement effective and state- and region-specific programs that promote economic development efforts.

Many of our technical-assistance efforts are aimed at: federal agencies, regional and state offices, private nonprofits, educational institutions, and sub-state regional coalitions.

While our primary area of policy expertise relates to economic development, workforce development, and education, our network extends beyond these policy areas through the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) into a variety of fields ranging from health care, criminal justice and housing, and demographics to transportation.

Related Projects

Improving State-level Labor Force Projections
Projections Managing Partnership
Start Date: Oct 2019 — End Date: Oct 2021

CREC and the State of North Carolina Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) worked with the Projections Managing Partnership on an improved methodology that considers state-level labor force projections as a benchmark for labor supply in the PMP’s employment projections products. The PMP relies on national estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, […]

Georgetown Workshop Series
Georgetown Massive Data Institute
Start Date: Mar 2021 — End Date: Oct 2021

The Association of Public Data Users received support from the Georgetown Massive Data Institute to deliver a workshop series for state and local government employees. This series of town halls and trainings informed attendees about the quality of the data that state and local leaders rely on and how they can improve and supplement it.

Developing Regional Ecosystems to Support Recovery-to-Work
Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Nov 2019 — End Date: Apr 2021

CREC provided technical assistance and generated lessons learned from the experience in local development districts (LDDs) in how to help businesses and individuals succeed in their recovery from substance abuse disorder. Providing staff support to the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA), CREC assisted four LDDs through a year-long process of articulating the challenge, identifying […]

Strategy Guidance Note on the Promotion of Public Sector Data Sharing
United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration
Start Date: Dec 2020 — End Date: Jan 2021

CREC developed a Strategy Guidance Note and related global case studies on data sharing as a principle of sound policymaking which can contribute to strengthening the effectiveness of institutions. The United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) has developed a set of principles of effective governance for sustainable development to provide practical, expert […]

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 […]