Train Your Leaders

CREC has developed extensive professional development curricula, implemented in-person or through web-delivery, for economic and workforce development staff on basic principles of data use, development, economic analysis, labor market information, and economic policy implementation. Trainings are offered in partnership with C2ER, the LMI Institute, and APDU.

CREC's trainings range from economic impact analysis to GIS instruction. CREC also develops customized economic and data trainings to meet client needs.

Train Your Leaders

The Center for Regional Economic Competitievness provides trainings for principles of data use in that support:

        Economic and workforce development | Economic analysis | Labor market assessments | Economic policy implementation

Example: Meeting Real-World Needs Via Training

For the Economic Developers’ Conference of Ontario, for instance, CREC staff, working through C2ER, developed a customized two-tiered curriculum to assist policy-makers of various levels of expertise effectively approach regional collaboration and data-driven economic development planning. The curricula were informed and enhanced by the production of ten original case examples, which portrayed recent planning success and failures from across North America.

Additionally, through C2ER and the LMI Institute, CREC can provide clients with access to the Annual C2ER/ LMI Research Forums: five day conferences made up of dozens of panels, trainings, and lectures discussing the most pressing issues in economic development. Our 2011 training was held in San Francisco, California, and brought together hundreds of policy-makers and researchers from around the globe. Information on our past and future conferences can be found at:

Our staff provides expertise and technical assistance by:

  • Evaluating course strengths and weaknesses
  • Piloting new material
  • Developing new content, or migrating material to a web-delivery or more interactive format

Attend one of our training sessions, provided through our partner organizations:

         The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)  |  Labor Market Institute (LMI)  |  Association of Public Data Users (APDU)

For more information about CREC’s scheduled trainings, customized training, curriculum, and case study development, please contact Program Manager, Ron Kelly, at

Related Projects

Data-Driven Labor Market Intelligence Training, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
National Association of Workforce Boards
Start Date: Jan 2012 — End Date: Dec 2016

CREC designed and delivered Labor Market Intelligence (LMI) training to members of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). The training titled, Labor Market Intelligence: Using Analytics to Focus your Investments, emphasized the importance of building workforce development systems on a knowledge base of local industry intelligence.  Labor market information includes all quantitative or qualitative […]

LMI Director’s Town Hall Meeting (2014, 2015, 2016)
Labor Market Information Institute
Start Date: May 2014 — End Date: May 2016

The Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute supported the LMI Directors’ Town Hall Meeting by developing the agenda and curriculum, delivering and facilitating the meeting, providing a meeting evaluation form, administering a follow-up survey, and producing a summary report.

Data-Driven Economic Development Webinar Training
Pennsylvania Economic Development Association
Start Date: Jan 2013 — End Date: Dec 2015

C2ER custom-designed four webinars designed for PEDA’s membership or economic development professionals.  The first two webinars were titled: Best Data Sources for Economic Development Research and Measuring Impact to Build Support for Economic Development Programs.  The two most recent webinars were:  Identifying Competitive Industries in Your Regional Economy and Using Local Employment Dynamics Data for […]

Data and Methods in Regional Economic Research
Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Oct 2000 — End Date: Oct 2015

Since 2000, the the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) has organized more than 50 one- and two-day professional development training seminars on a variety of topics for the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER). The curriculum includes more than 20 different topics such as: Data Collection Introduction to Data for Economic Development Practitioners Community Profiling: The Basics […]

Business Incentives Policy & Practice Initiative
Pew Charitable Trusts
Start Date: Nov 2013 — End Date: Sep 2015

The Business Incentives Policy and Practice Initiative is a joint project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. This 18-month program engages forward-thinking leaders at the state level to reform economic development incentive policies and practices. Teams of economic development policymakers and practitioners from six states will improve those states’ ability to collect and report results from incentive investments and, as a result, develop national standards and best practices that can become road maps for other states.