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

Association of Public Data Users (Association Management)
Association of Public Data Users
Start Date: Jan 2008 — End Date: Ongoing

The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is a national network that links users, producers, and disseminators of government and open-access statistical data. Members share a vital concern about the collection, dissemination, preservation, and interpretation of public data. CREC supports APDU’s mission, and provides the high-talent staff, management, communications, and logistical support to help the organization achieve its annual goals.


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

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 Council for Community and Economic Research Association Membership
Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Ongoing

CREC provides the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) with high-talent staff and management support, access to its broad network of economic and data professionals, and a foundational base upon which it can sustainably grow. CREC also coordinates and plans the annual C2ER Conference and organizes and coordinates its regular trainings


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

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.


Cost of Living Index
Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Ongoing

The Cost of Living Index (COLI) is the most reliable source of city-to-city comparisons of key consumer costs available since 1968. Its data is recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNN Money, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) collects and compares COLI […]