What We Do
- Analyze Your Clusters and Talent
We assist policymakers assess their region’s industries and understand their workforce so that the next level of improvements can be made.
- Plan Your Economic Future
Working with public and private sector leaders, we identify and evaluate economic and workforce challenges and find solutions.
- Leadership Development
Regional leaders are trained on topics such as impact analysis and GIS instruction. Custom data trainings help meet municipal needs.
- Manage Your Professional Networks
We provide a quantitative analysis approach to management support to professional agencies that focuses on community and economic development.
- Technical Assistance
Our technical assistance aids policymakers and workforce development staff to better implement innovation and job-creation strategies.
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.