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

Supporting the Council for Community and Economic Research Association Membership
Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Dec 2016

CREC provides the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) with high-talent staff and management support, access to its broad network of economic and data professionals, and a foundational base upon which it can sustainably grow. CREC also coordinates and plans the annual C2ER Conference and organizes and coordinates its regular trainings


State Incentives Database: Stateincentives.org
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 http://stateincentives.org. 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 […]


Cost of Living Index
Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Dec 2016

The Cost of Living Index (COLI) is the most reliable source of city-to-city comparisons of key consumer costs available since 1968. Its data is recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNN Money, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) collects and compares COLI […]


Making Youth Employment Work
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)
Start Date: Oct 2015 — End Date: Dec 2016

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) will provide quantitative analysis and targeted technical assistance in support of the USCCF in its Youth Employment Network pilot initiative. The initiative seeks to support two state and three local chambers in planning and pilot-testing effective youth employment programs by building a network of organizations dedicated to developing […]


Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Annual Conference
Council for Community and Economic Research
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Dec 2016

The C2ER Annual Conference is held in conjunction with the LMI Annual Forum, creating the premier national event for economic development researchers and labor market information analysts. The 2016 Conference will be held in Minneapolis MN, June 6-10. Conference highlights include industry-leading keynotes, training classes and breakout sessions, the annual State Economic Researchers’ Roundtable, presentation of […]