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

Benchmarking the Arizona Commerce and Economic Development Commission
Arizona Commerce Authority
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 […]


Lancaster County-wide Economic Development Strategy
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Start Date: Jan 2003 — End Date: Oct 2004

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) helped county leaders in Lancaster to identify several strategic priorities for action. The historically manufacturing-dominated region of 450,000 people is undergoing economic transformation and its leaders wanted to develop a cohesive vision and action plan for more than 60 municipalities and […]


Roanoke Regional Cluster Analysis
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Start Date: Jan 2003 — End Date: Oct 2004

  The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) conducted a targeted cluster analysis aimed at identifying existing technology-based clusters in the “NewVA” region, which includes nine cities and counties, including the Roanoke and Blacksburg metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) as well as their surrounding rural counties. The goal of […]


Impact of Manufacturing
National Institute of Standards & Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Start Date: Oct 2003 — End Date: Oct 2004

Working with six state economic development research departments, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) staff is coordinating a collaborative project designed to assess the impact of manufacturing sectors on the US and state economies as well as evaluate the impact of MEP services on the […]