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

Assessing and Evaluating the Defense Industry Adjustment Program
Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Aug 2019

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and EntreWorks Consulting will provide technical assistance for the OEA by assessing and evaluating the design and effects of Office of Economic Adjustment’s Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) program and the assistance that its grantees provide to defense-dependent communities, workers, and businesses. CREC and EntreWorks will work closely with OEA […]


International Engagement Ready Communities Initiative
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Start Date: Oct 2017 — End Date: Jun 2018

CREC is collaborating with SRI International’s Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy (CISP) and Stone & Associates to produce a rigorous, validated set of tools that can be used by regions across the United States to develop and execute a plan to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and foster export promotion. The IERC Initiative began […]


Manufacturing USA Access Project, 2017
Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center
Start Date: Jul 2017 — End Date: Apr 2018

CREC provided technical assistance and counsel to the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) as they lead an effort funded by the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment to explore opportunities for defense suppliers in the region to collaborate with emerging Manufacturing Institutes (Manufacturing USA).  The US Departments of Defense, Energy and Commerce launched […]


Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia
Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Oct 2016 — End Date: Mar 2018

CREC is partnering with EntreWorks Consulting and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship to provide insight on entrepreneurial resources across Appalachia, which covers 420 counties across 13 states. The team will provide a comprehensive view of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystems by providing research findings on entrepreneurship, identifying innovation indicators, developing an inventory of entrepreneurship programs and […]


Credential Engine
George Washington University Institute of Public Policy
Start Date: Oct 2017 — End Date: Feb 2018

CREC is collaborating with the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy to determine a typology and count of U.S. credentials for Credential Engine—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting transparency and credential literacy in the marketplace to reveal the world of credentials and inform the public. The project includes preparing a comprehensive list of websites […]