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

Conducting an Economic and Workforce Profile of Hawaii’s Technology and Innovation Industries
Hawaii Science and Technology Council
Start Date: Jan 2008 — End Date: Oct 2008

Working with the Hawaii Science and Technology Council as well as the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) developed a comprehensive assessment of the state’s technology clusters. The project focused on identifying the current and potential cluster linkages for […]


Know Your Region Training: A Framework for Strategic Economic Development Planning
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Start Date: Apr 2007 — End Date: Oct 2008

Working in collaboration with the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), the National Association of Development Organizations, and the State Science & Technology Institute, staff from both the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) developed and conducted a 2-day workshop for regional and community change agents. The goal of […]


Labor Market Opportunities Study of the Nashville Economic Market Area
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Start Date: Jan 2007 — End Date: Oct 2007

C2ER/CREC conducted a Targeted Labor Market Opportunities Study for the Nashville area. The study was designed to help leaders better align workforce development and education investments with the region’s economic development efforts. The study involved conducting an analysis of the industry and workforce trends, including forecasting anticipated growth sectors. The team then matched those growth […]


Texoma Regional Consortium Cluster Study & Strategic Plan
Texoma Workforce Development Board
Start Date: Feb 2006 — End Date: Oct 2007

C2ER/CREC worked with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce to identify critical industry clusters in a thirteen-county region of Texas and Oklahoma. The area has been significantly impacted by job losses in manufacturing and is seeking a new economic focus at the same time that it tries to retain its rural tradition. C2ER/CREC facilitated working […]


Base Realignment and Closures
Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board
Start Date: Apr 2006 — End Date: Oct 2007

The Center analyzed the direct and indirect impacts of base realignment and closures for the Northern Virginia area, focused on 25,000 in-bound workers moving to Fort Belvoir and the Marine Corps Base at Quantico due to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommendations. The CREC team estimated the industries and workforce impacts expected […]