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

Siouxland Tri-State Regional Innovation Project
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Start Date: Jan 2009 — End Date: Jan 2009

CREC, in collaboration with the Institute for Decision Making, Iowa Workforce Development and Network Weavers, worked to develop a strategic regional workforce plan for an 11 county, tri-state region around Sioux City, Iowa. This work was funded by a Regional Innovation Grant from the US Department of Labor. The project sought to craft a unique […]


Conducting an Impact Analysis of the Defense Intelligence Agency Move to Charlottesville
Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Start Date: Feb 2007 — End Date: Oct 2008

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) conducted a survey of US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) personnel scheduled to move from Washington, D.C., to Charlottesville, Va., as a result of the 2005 Base Reuse and Alignment Commission (BRAC) recommendations. The project included an analysis of the direct and indirect […]


Assessing Economic & Workforce Trends in the Fort Bragg BRAC Region
Fort Bragg Regional Task Force
Start Date: Feb 2008 — End Date: Oct 2008

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), working in collaboration with Trade Development Associates, conducted a industry targeting analysis that involve mapping value chains in the defense and homeland security-related industries. Using definitions provided in previous studies, the team organized the industries into groupings that represented all of […]


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 […]