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

The 7 Rivers Alliance Regional Wise Talent Strategy
The 7 Rivers Alliance
Start Date: Feb 2017 — End Date: Dec 2017

CREC is collaborating with the Institute for Decision Making (IDM) at the University of Northern Iowa, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, and First Children’s Finance on this effort. CREC and its partners will develop a Regional Talent Plan comprised of workforce preparation, attraction and retention strategies, a roadmap for implementing key initiatives, and an asset […]

Texas Economic Adjustment Assistance
University of Texas at Arlington
Start Date: Sep 2016 — End Date: Aug 2017

CREC is supporting the state of Texas in mitigating the impact of defense spending and sequestration on the state economy through identification and assistance to affected businesses, creation of analyses to aid economic planning for affected regions, and facilitation of high-impact entrepreneurship and technology acceleration activities in those regions. CREC will work with project partners […]

Regional Economic Impact Analysis of Fort Leonard Wood
Cities of St. Robert and Waynesville Missouri
Start Date: Jul 2016 — End Date: Jun 2017

CREC and its partner, the Leonard Wood Institute, are studying and quantifying the impacts stemming from the 2013 actual, and the 2015 announced personnel reductions on Fort Leonard Wood military base. This includes analysis on topic areas including employment and workforce impacts, retail and lodging, housing, schools, small business and suppliers, social and public services, […]

Regional Aerospace & Defense Exchange (RADE) DIA Evaluation
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Start Date: Oct 2016 — End Date: Mar 2017

CREC is assessing the Regional Aerospace & Defense Exchange (RADE) Defense Industry Adjustment project’s effectiveness and impact by developing quantitative and qualitative evaluation criteria. Working with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, CREC will collect outcome and activity metrics through stakeholder engagement events and interviews to develop a logic model. The model will […]

State Incentives Database:
Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Oct 2004 — End Date: Dec 2016

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), a Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) network member, has developed a national database of state business incentives with profiles on more than 2,000 programs at The site is a database portal is a one-stop resource that economic developers can use when comparing incentive programs. Users can find a fully searchable text description […]