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

NC State of the Workforce Study and Policy Development Process
North Carolina Department of Commerce
Start Date: Oct 2006 — End Date: Oct 2007

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) collaborated with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce to analyze the State’s current labor market in and identified major supply and demand characteristics, barriers, and gaps. The study examined demographic trends and labor market issues, with an emphasis on the differences […]


Counting on Arizona’s Future: A Report to the Arizona Data Estimates and Population Task Force
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Jan 2006 — End Date: Oct 2007

Governor Janet Napolitano created the Arizona Data Estimates and Population Task Force (ADEPT) to undertake several key tasks: Evaluate best practices by other states for developing accurate population and employment estimates and projections Assess population estimates and projections models currently used by entities in Arizona Evaluate current employment estimates to include estimates of income and […]


Assessing the Importance of Demographic Data in Allocating Public Resources: A Report to the Arizona Growth Cabinet
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Jan 2007 — End Date: Oct 2007

  The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) explored how demographic estimates affect Arizona in accessing federal funds and allocating its resources. This project involved reviewing a number of recent studies of the effects that variations that census population counts and various population estimates might have on the distribution of federal funds and state resources. […]


North Carolina’s Education Agenda: Future Missions of the University of North Carolina in Knowledge Asset-Building
University of North Carolina General Administration
Start Date: Apr 2006 — End Date: Dec 2006

The University of North Carolina (UNC) engaged Eva Klein & Associates, Ltd. (EKA) working in collaboration with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and Gottlieb and Associates to conduct preliminary analyses for the purpose of designing a study to answer the question: “What do the people of North Carolina need from their University for the […]


Curriculum Development, Executive Masters Degree Program
University of Southern Mississippi Department of Economic Development
Start Date: Oct 2004 — End Date: Dec 2006

The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) initiated a partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Economic Development to offer an Executive Master’s degree in economic development. Using a non-traditional academic calendar and periodic on-site instruction at locations across the US combined with on-line course support, C2ER and USM are paving the way for […]