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

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
SelectUSA
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
APEX
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 […]