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 […]


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, […]


ARC Entrepreneurial Benchmark Update 2018-2020
Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Oct 2018 — End Date: Jun 2020

CREC, working with EntreWorks Consulting, is continuing our work in promoting entrepreneurial efforts in the Appalachian Region by maintaining a database of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, updating research on the region’s economic dynamism, and maintaining a web presence at http://arceco.creconline.org for the entrepreneurial directory and the entrepreneurial index (updated through 2017).


ARC Entrepreneurial Benchmark Update 2018-2020
EntreWorks Consulting
Start Date: Dec 2018 — End Date: Jan 2020

CREC, working with EntreWorks Consulting, is continuing our work in promoting entrepreneurial efforts in the Appalachian Region by maintaining a database of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, updating research on the region’s economic dynamism, and maintaining a web presence at http://arceco.creconline.org for the entrepreneurial directory and the entrepreneurial index (updated through 2017).