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.
Building a Stronger State-Federal Partnership (II)
National Institute of Standards & Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Start Date: Jan 2002 — End Date: Jun 2019
CREC worked with several partners, including the State Science & Technology Institute, to develop a strong support structure for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) program as it seeks to help manufacturers become globally competitive.
Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA)
Development District Association of Appalachia
Start Date: Jul 2018 — End Date: Jun 2019
CREC is providing management support and staff to the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) who is working to strengthen Local Development Districts (LDDs) and their member governments and to provide leadership to support the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) federal-state-local partnership.
Inventory of State Economic Development Investment Programs
Start Date: May 2014 — End Date: May 2019
The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) in collaboration with CREC entered into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA initiative to make some features of the State Business Incentives Database publicly available through www.selectusa.gov website. C2ER provides the database to SelectUSA through an application programming interface (API) to provide public to […]
APEX – Workforce Skills Assessment and Plan
Start Date: Aug 2018 — End Date: Apr 2019
The CREC/IDM Project Team will complete a six-step process that results in the development of a Workforce Assessment Report and Workforce Strategies applicable to both the urban core and rural areas of the 10-county region. The process will encompass a dual focus to address challenges associated with the region’s (1) general talent availability and (2) […]
Evaluating the Michigan Business Development Program
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Start Date: Apr 2018 — End Date: Mar 2019
CREC is leading a team that includes the W. E. Upjohn Institute and Business Development Advisors to Determine the return on investment (ROI) for the Michigan Business Development Program based on verified disbursements to companies and job creation activity. The study also examines the ROI projected with that estimated from actual results, assessing the validity […]