Helping Communities Shine

Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

What We Do

Project Catalogue

Supporting the Projections Managing Partnership
Projections Managing Partnership
Start Date: Jan 2009 — End Date: Dec 2017

In cooperation with the Labor Market Information (LMI) Training Institute, CREC assists the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) in the administration of their Labor Market Information Improvement Grant, a funding stream from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


Supporting the Labor Market information Institute
Labor Market Information Institute
Start Date: Jan 2008 — End Date: Dec 2017

CREC provides staff and management support to the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute. CREC also regularly organizes the Annual LMI Forum, which brings together labor market researchers, policy-makers, and data users from across the country annually.


Mapping the Defense Supply Chain For The State Of West Virginia
West Virginia University
Start Date: Feb 2017 — End Date: Dec 2017

CREC is developing a statewide supply chain map of West Virginia’s defense and manufacturing industries that will serve defense manufacturers and communities in limiting the impact of defense-related spending cuts and identify new opportunities for economic diversification.  The project includes identifying regional and sector-specific competitive advantages regarding DOD assets, and how these relate to broader […]


The 7 Rivers Alliance Regional Wise Talent Strategy
The 7 Rivers Alliance
Start Date: Feb 2017 — End Date: Dec 2017

CREC is collaborating with the Institute for Decision Making (IDM) at the University of Northern Iowa, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, and First Children’s Finance on this effort. CREC and its partners will develop a Regional Talent Plan comprised of workforce preparation, attraction and retention strategies, a roadmap for implementing key initiatives, and an asset […]


State Data Sharing Initiative
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Oct 2017

CREC is gathering information about state laws and regulations that govern business revenue and UI data disclosure to determine best practices for maintaining the safety of data as well as best practices for expanding access to confidential data for qualified researchers and policymakers. We will also provide assistance to five states seeking to reform their data governance and sharing policies based on best practices from other states.