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

Counting the Prevalence of Post-secondary Certifications and Licenses 2018-2020
Lumina Foundation
Start Date: Nov 2018 — End Date: Dec 2020

CREC, working collaboration with the Labor Market Information Institute, seeks to provide information to students, parents, faculty, individual workers, business leaders, policymakers, and members of the public about the relative value of different kinds of non-degree credentials.  CREC aims to help individuals choose to pursue post-secondary credentialing options by sharing objective information about the economic […]


Improving State-level Labor Force Projections
Projections Managing Partnership
Start Date: Oct 2019 — End Date: Oct 2020

CREC and the State of North Carolina Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) are working with the Projections Managing Partnership on an improved methodology that considers state-level labor force projections as a benchmark for labor supply in the PMP’s employment projections products. Currently, the PMP relies on national estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of […]


Building a Recovery-to-Work Ecosystem
Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Nov 2019 — End Date: Oct 2020

CREC is providing support to the Development District Association of Appalachia in executing an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to support and document the development of “recovery-to-work” ecosystems.  The project goal is to guide Local Development Districts in the Appalachian Region convene community stakeholders and lead efforts aimed at helping Substance Use Disorder sufferers to transition […]


Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative Program Evaluation
U.S. Small Business Administration
Start Date: Oct 2019 — End Date: Sep 2020

CREC and Optimal Solutions Group are providing program evaluation services to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Performance Management on its Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative. SBA’s Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) Initiative was launched in September 2010, with funding now provided to 14 industry clusters across the country focused on geospatial technology products, water technologies, […]


Credential Engine 3.0
George Washington University Institute of Public Policy
Start Date: Jan 2020 — End Date: Sep 2020

For the third year, CREC is collaborating with the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy to determine a typology and count of U.S. educational and professional credentials for Credential Engine—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting transparency and literacy in the credential marketplace. Our goal is to identify existing data sources and integrate these into […]