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

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 the […]


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 […]