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

Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership Webinar Training Series
U.S. Census Bureau, Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics Program
Start Date: Jan 2012 — End Date: Ongoing

C2ER and the LMI Institute work with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics Program to design, produce and conduct the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership webinar trainings series. This monthly webinar series seeks to explain the LED Partnership, the various data it provides, and the many capabilities of its systems, including presentations by data […]


Building a Strong State-Federal Partnership to Support Manufacturing
National Institute of Standards & Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Start Date: Oct 2002 — End Date: Ongoing

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.


State Economic Development Executives Network
Pew Charitable Trusts
Start Date: Apr 2018 — End Date: Jun 2021

CREC is continuing its on-going efforts to develop a network of top state economic development executives and engaging them in a collaborative group.  CREC is organizing a series of conference calls, interviews, and meetings with the executives.  To support that work, CREC is also conducting research on key issues of concern to the network, including […]


Developing a Community Empowerment Scorecard
Colorado Workforce Development Council
Start Date: Apr 2020 — End Date: Mar 2021

CREC is assisting the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) in promoting economic mobility among the individuals that are receiving employment assistance.  CREC is developing a community empowerment scorecard to help CWDC monitor the various factors that contribute to jobseeker mobility.  The scorecard will focus on examining career pathways and partnerships in the retail sector that […]


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 […]