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

Gaining Better Understanding of Customers’ LMI Needs through Key Customer Focus Groups
The Workforce Information Council
Start Date: Apr 2013 — End Date: Sep 2014

Building upon work previously conducted to complete the report LMI Customers and Their Needs: Customer-Oriented LMI Product Innovation, CREC, on behalf of the LMI Institute, will continue its work with the Customer Consultation Study Group of the Workforce Information Council.


Small Business Supply Chain Opportunities in Northwest Pennsylvania
American Planning Association
Start Date: Oct 2013 — End Date: Sep 2014

In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Entreworks Consulting, CREC is conducting a comprehensive manufacturing supply chain analysis for Northwest Pennsylvania along with hosting matchmaking events designed to help local small businesses capture new supply chain opportunities in transportation equipment manufacturing and shale gas production industries.


Developing Web-based Economic Indicator Dashboard
Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership
Start Date: Mar 2014 — End Date: Jul 2014

EntreWorks Consulting and CREC collaborated to develop a web-based economic dashboard for Virginia’s Region 2000.


Labor Market Information for Workforce Investment Boards
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Labor
Start Date: Jan 2014 — End Date: Jan 2014

Through the LMI Institute, CREC staff developed a customized labor market information (LMI) training course for workforce investment boards in Saint Croix and Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The training was designed to familiarize workforce board staff with LMI and basic analytical methods, with an emphasis on how the data can be used to help […]


Michigan Business Incentives Competitiveness Evaluation
Business Leaders for Michigan
Start Date: Jan 2013 — End Date: Jan 2014

To support Michigan’s business attraction and retention as well as overall economic development effort, Business Development Advisors (BDA) and CREC developed recommendations for Business Leaders for Michigan to better align the state’s incentive policies with its economic development objectives in the new economy. To achieve this goal, CREC conducted a detailed examination of Michigan’s incentive […]