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

Diversifying Appalachia: Metrics, Tools, Strategies, and Guides
Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Oct 2012 — End Date: Oct 2013

CREC, working in collaboration with the University of Illinois’ Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, developed a set of diversity measures to better understand the relationship between economic diversity and economic growth and development.


Labor Market Information Technical Assistance and Training
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Jul 2011 — End Date: Dec 2012

C2ER assisted the ACA Workforce Division in supporting the SESP and other workforce activities in updating its SESP strategy, acquiring a real time job openings dataset, and delivering training and technical assistance to participating workforce investment boards. C2ER also assisted in providing research support to the SESP by identifying energy-related occupations that require some form of apprenticeship and/or experience.


Grant Proposal Management, Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Jun 2012 — End Date: Jul 2012

C2ER collaborated closely with ACA Business Development staff to develop the concept and win themes for a successful $1.7 million grant to support the state’s aerospace and defense industries. The proposal involved preparing scopes of work for five different Federal agencies (e.g., Employment and Training Administration, Small Business Administration, Economic Development Administration, Department of Energy, and NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership) designed to meet their individual needs as well as drafting a cohesive project narrative to engage the cross-agency collaborative.


Sarnia-Lambton Labour Market Partnership Project
Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board
Start Date: Jan 2009 — End Date: Oct 2010

The Labour Market Partnership Project, a three-part community-driven research and planning initiative, aimed at preparing Sarnia Lambton to meet its current and anticipated critical talent and training gaps. With funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, CREC and the Centre for Spatial Economics conducted a quantitative research study examining the workforce […]


Redesigning Federal Manufacturing Assistance Programs
National Institute of Standards & Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Start Date: Jan 2009 — End Date: Dec 2009

In collaboration with Michael Stone and Associates, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness served as co-leader of a team examining ways that an increased federal investment in manufacturing assistance might leverage greater economic impact and more job creation activity. The project was designed to identify key priorities, service delivery options, and potential partners.