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

Diversifying Appalachia: Metrics, Tools, Strategies, and Guides
Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Oct 2012 — End Date: Oct 2013

CREC, working in collaboration with the University of Illinois’ Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, developed a set of diversity measures to better understand the relationship between economic diversity and economic growth and development.

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.

Conducting an Economic and Workforce Profile of Hawaii’s Technology and Innovation Industries
Hawaii Science and Technology Council
Start Date: Jan 2008 — End Date: Oct 2008

Working with the Hawaii Science and Technology Council as well as the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) developed a comprehensive assessment of the state’s technology clusters. The project focused on identifying the current and potential cluster linkages for […]

Know Your Region Training: A Framework for Strategic Economic Development Planning
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Start Date: Apr 2007 — End Date: Oct 2008

Working in collaboration with the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), the National Association of Development Organizations, and the State Science & Technology Institute, staff from both the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) developed and conducted a 2-day workshop for regional and community change agents. The goal of […]

Curriculum Development, Executive Masters Degree Program
University of Southern Mississippi Department of Economic Development
Start Date: Oct 2004 — End Date: Dec 2006

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) initiated a partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Economic Development to offer an Executive Master’s degree in economic development. Using a non-traditional academic calendar and periodic on-site instruction at locations across the US combined with on-line course support, C2ER and USM are paving the way for […]