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 Philosophy

Time and expertise have proven that investing in these values – investing in our clients – pays dividends:



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Client Catalogue

Development District Association of Appalachia

The Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) is a membership organization of the 73 Local Development Districts (LDD’s) serving the 420 counties of the Appalachia Region. The DDAA works to strengthen LDDs and their member governments and to provide leadership to support the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) federal-state-local partnership.

East Tennessee Regional Planning

In collaboration with Wallace Roberts Todd and other partners, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness assisted PlanET in creating and implementing an ambitious multi-jurisdictional plan that will integrate economic development, environment, infrastructure, and public health considerations into a comprehensive plan that addresses area needs. Led by the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission, PlanET was a three-phase […]

Economic Developers Council of Ontario

EDCO will provide leadership to enhance the professional development of its members; advance economic development as a profession and support our municipalities in fostering economic prosperity in the province of Ontario.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman is a private non-profit organization established by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. The Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is among the largest private foundations in the United States.

Fort Bragg Regional Task Force

The Fort Bragg Regional Alliance represents eleven counties and 73 municipalities that are planning and preparing for the significant impact on its communities due to growth and other changes originating from Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 actions in and around Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base.