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

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is an aggressive new organization that has a laser focus on recruitment of quality companies and jobs for Arizona as well as the expansion of companies already here. The ACA, formerly the Arizona Department of Commerce, has been re-created as a streamlined, business-savvy organization focused on producing results that benefit businesses and the Arizona economy.


Project Catalogue

Arizona Aerospace and Defense Industry Survey and Data Collection
Start Date: Oct 2015 — End Date: Sep 2015

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) lead an effort to collect intelligence from Aerospace and Defense (A&D) firms in Arizona, which was used to populate a publicly-available database. To accomplish this, CREC’s managed association, Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), participated in: ACA-led focus groups/semi-structured interviews to assess key data elements required for this […]

Research Training and Support for Arizona’s Workforce System
Start Date: May 2013 — End Date: Jun 2014

Working with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Workforce Division, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) assisted in the acquisition of a real time job openings database, delivered training and technical assistants to participating Workforce Investment Boards and other partners on labor market information and analysis, provided periodic industry and occupation customer reports, and provided staff training to ACA research staff.

Labor Market Information Technical Assistance and Training
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
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.

Counting on Arizona’s Future: A Report to the Arizona Data Estimates and Population Task Force
Start Date: Jan 2006 — End Date: Oct 2007

Governor Janet Napolitano created the Arizona Data Estimates and Population Task Force (ADEPT) to undertake several key tasks: Evaluate best practices by other states for developing accurate population and employment estimates and projections Assess population estimates and projections models currently used by entities in Arizona Evaluate current employment estimates to include estimates of income and […]

Assessing the Importance of Demographic Data in Allocating Public Resources: A Report to the Arizona Growth Cabinet
Start Date: Jan 2007 — End Date: Oct 2007

  The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) explored how demographic estimates affect Arizona in accessing federal funds and allocating its resources. This project involved reviewing a number of recent studies of the effects that variations that census population counts and various population estimates might have on the distribution of federal funds and state resources. […]

A Finance Roadmap for Moving Arizona Forward: Financing Needs and Resources
Start Date: Oct 2005 — End Date: Oct 2006

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) staff in collaboration with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) and Practical Solutions conducted a study of economic development finance needs and options to help Arizona implement its 10-year economic strategy. In developing findings and conclusions for this report, the […]

Harnessing the Arizona Sun: A Solar Energy Industry Cluster Study
Start Date: Mar 2005 — End Date: Dec 2005

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) conducted a study of the Arizona’s solar energy industries to identify workforce development challenges. In conducting the analysis, the Center identified 170 firms directly involved in the solar cluster. Based on interviews and surveys of the firms, C2ER identified a series […]

Construction Trades Labor Study
Start Date: Oct 2004 — End Date: Oct 2005

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) staff coordinated a survey of more than 1600 construction trades firms and 55 construction trades apprenticeship and training providers. The staff examined occupational projections, skill demands, and training program gaps to help frame Arizona’s workforce policy. The Arizona Department of Commerce used the study results to reshape its […]

Benchmarking the Arizona Commerce and Economic Development Commission
Start Date: Feb 2004 — End Date: Oct 2004

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) conducted a survey of the budget, governance structure, and incentive policies in all 50 states. C2ER staff compared how Arizona’s economic, workforce, tourism, and community development efforts are structured as compared with other states. C2ER proposed a significant expansion in the state’s investment in economic development based on a […]

Project Updates

CREC Delivers LMI Training in Flagstaff & Sierra Vista, Arizona
September 30, 2015

Ron Kelly and Lindsay Johnson traveled to Flagstaff and Sierra Vista, Arizona to deliver three in-person labor market intelligence training(s) to engage and strengthen industry partnerships.