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

North Carolina’s Education Agenda: Future Missions of the University of North Carolina in Knowledge Asset-Building
University of North Carolina General Administration
Start Date: Apr 2006 — End Date: Dec 2006

The University of North Carolina (UNC) engaged Eva Klein & Associates, Ltd. (EKA) working in collaboration with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and Gottlieb and Associates to conduct preliminary analyses for the purpose of designing a study to answer the question: “What do the people of North Carolina need from their University for the […]


Curriculum Development, Executive Masters Degree Program
University of Southern Mississippi Department of Economic Development
Start Date: Oct 2004 — End Date: Dec 2006

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) initiated a partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Economic Development to offer an Executive Master’s degree in economic development. Using a non-traditional academic calendar and periodic on-site instruction at locations across the US combined with on-line course support, C2ER and USM are paving the way for […]


Economic Data Outreach Workshops
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Start Date: Oct 2004 — End Date: Dec 2006

Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) staff provided assistance to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) staff in gaining national input from economic development data users about BEA data products. The outreach sessions were scheduled for Baltimore, Mobile, Ala., Dallas, and Denver. They provided an opportunity for data users to review BEA activities, examine […]


Vision Plan for North Carolina’s Eastern Region
NCEast Alliance
Start Date: Jan 2005 — End Date: Oct 2006

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) assisted North Carolina’s Eastern Region Commission, today known as NCEast Alliance, in developing a strategic vision for the future. The organizations worked with more than 70 area representatives on the plan; and C2ER and CREC also conducted a regional cluster analysis that included an exploration of sub-regional cluster opportunities. […]


A Finance Roadmap for Moving Arizona Forward: Financing Needs and Resources
Arizona Commerce Authority
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 […]