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 Census Project
Association of Public Data Users
Start Date: Jan 2019 — End Date: Dec 2020

With support from the New Venture Fund and the Annie Casey Foundation, CREC is providing fiscal agency support the Census Project on behalf of APDU. Led by Mary Jo Hoeksema, Project Director, and Howard Fienberg, Co-Director, the Census Project is a broad-based network of national, state, and local organizations supporting a fair and accurate 2020 […]


MIT Work for the Future
MIT Work of the Future
Start Date: May 2019 — End Date: Dec 2020

CREC is working closely with Dr. Liz Reynolds and Dr. Paul Osterman to investigate how Detroit’s education and training delivery systems are adapting to technological and pedagogical advances as well as how they are contributing to equality in opportunity and social inclusion – the future of the “mobility sector”. CREC will support Dr. Paul Osterman […]


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 […]


Building a Recovery-to-Work Ecosystem
Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Nov 2019 — End Date: Oct 2020

CREC is providing support to the Development District Association of Appalachia in executing an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to support and document the development of “recovery-to-work” ecosystems.  The project goal is to guide Local Development Districts in the Appalachian Region convene community stakeholders and lead efforts aimed at helping Substance Use Disorder sufferers to transition […]


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, […]