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

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 […]


Harnessing the Arizona Sun: A Solar Energy Industry Cluster Study
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Mar 2005 — End Date: Dec 2005

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) conducted a study of the Arizona’s solar energy industries to identify workforce development challenges. In conducting the analysis, the Center identified 170 firms directly involved in the solar cluster. Based on interviews and surveys of the firms, C2ER identified a series […]


El Paso Cluster Study
Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board
Start Date: Jan 2005 — End Date: Oct 2005

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) collaborated with the Institute for Planning and Economic Development at the University of Texas El Paso to identify critical industry clusters in a six-county region of Texas’ western panhandle. An element of the study involved facilitating working group sessions of key stakeholders […]


Construction Trades Labor Study
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Oct 2004 — End Date: Oct 2005

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) staff coordinated a survey of more than 1600 construction trades firms and 55 construction trades apprenticeship and training providers. The staff examined occupational projections, skill demands, and training program gaps to help frame Arizona’s workforce policy. The Arizona Department of Commerce used the study results to reshape its […]


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 […]