Build & Grow Relationships

The best policies are based on data-driven research, using engaged, diverse stakeholders and by fostering thought that motivates people to think regionally. It is a process that CREC has done successfully since 2009, and it has helped expand our client base and grow communities. Clients vary from single municipalities and private-sector firms:

• Cities • Think tanks
• States • National organizations

Client Profile

Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.

Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses.

Website: http://www.arc.gov/

Project Catalogue

Appalachia Then and Now: Complete Study
Start Date: Feb 2013 — End Date: May 2015

Under a partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness worked with West Virginia University’s Regional Research Institute and its Bureau of Business and Economic Research to analyze the agency’s effectiveness during the past 50 years. Specifically, CREC teamed with the two other organizations to examine the significant structural and socioeconomic changes to the […]

State of the Region: Examining Changes to the Appalachian Region Since 1965
Start Date: Nov 2013 — End Date: Dec 2014

This study, commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), “Appalachian Then and Now: Examining 50 Years of Changes to the Appalachian Region Since 1965” analyzes 50 years of socioeconomic trends, including poverty, income disparity, unemployment, employment change, population change, economic and industry mix, educational attainment, housing quality, health, transportation access, and telecommunications capacity in the Appalachian Region and summarizes the economic impacts accruing to the Region through ARC’s non-highway investments.

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

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

Project Updates

CREC Launches New Website Focused on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s 50-Year Impact
November 4, 2015

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), in partnership with West Virginia University (WVU) have launched a new website that seeks to further educate the public about the significant structural and socioeconomic changes that have taken place in the U.S. Appalachian Region following the Appalachian Regional Development Act’s passage in 1965. The site specifically focuses […]