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

Enhancing User Access to Available Labor Market Information
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Start Date: Apr 2014 — End Date: May 2015

This research sought to catalogue the current state of practice in intra-state data sharing (data sharing among stakeholders within a state). It was also designed to recognize and catalyze efforts that try to balance the data confidentiality needs of individuals and employer taxpayers with the important role employment and wage data could play in strengthening policymakers’ statistical and program evaluation activities.

Michigan Business Incentives Competitiveness Evaluation
Business Leaders for Michigan
Start Date: Jan 2013 — End Date: Jan 2014

To support Michigan’s business attraction and retention as well as overall economic development effort, Business Development Advisors (BDA) and CREC developed recommendations for Business Leaders for Michigan to better align the state’s incentive policies with its economic development objectives in the new economy. To achieve this goal, CREC conducted a detailed examination of Michigan’s incentive […]

Labor Market Information Technical Assistance and Training
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Jul 2011 — End Date: Dec 2012

C2ER assisted the ACA Workforce Division in supporting the SESP and other workforce activities in updating its SESP strategy, acquiring a real time job openings dataset, and delivering training and technical assistance to participating workforce investment boards. C2ER also assisted in providing research support to the SESP by identifying energy-related occupations that require some form of apprenticeship and/or experience.

Grant Proposal Management, Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Jun 2012 — End Date: Jul 2012

C2ER collaborated closely with ACA Business Development staff to develop the concept and win themes for a successful $1.7 million grant to support the state’s aerospace and defense industries. The proposal involved preparing scopes of work for five different Federal agencies (e.g., Employment and Training Administration, Small Business Administration, Economic Development Administration, Department of Energy, and NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership) designed to meet their individual needs as well as drafting a cohesive project narrative to engage the cross-agency collaborative.

Conducting an assessment of Statewide Comprehensive Economic Development Evaluation
Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Start Date: Jan 2008 — End Date: Oct 2009

Working in partnership with EntreWorks, the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and PolicyOne Research, the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) provided analytic support for the state’s on-going comprehensive economic development evaluation. The research project focused on examining a wide array of Maine’s policies and programs in economic […]