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

Assessing and Evaluating the Defense Industry Adjustment Program
Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Oct 2019

CREC and EntreWorks Consulting is providing technical assistance for the OEA by assessing and evaluating the design and effects of OEA’s Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) program and the assistance that its grantees provide to defense-dependent communities, workers, and businesses.  CREC and EntreWorks will work closely with OEA management and personnel to develop jointly an evaluation […]


Job Data Exchange Pilot Evaluation
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)
Start Date: Aug 2018 — End Date: Oct 2019

CREC is evaluating the pilot of a job data exchange service for employers. This U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) pilot project will support a set of pioneering employers in more clearly signaling their hiring expectations to education, training and credentialing partners. This project addresses barriers to skill development and talent management identified in the […]


Integrate Web-Based Portal for Aerospace and Defense Companies
Texas Foundation for Innovative Community
Start Date: Nov 2018 — End Date: Oct 2019

CREC provided a web-based portal to access aerospace and defense company information for firms in the state’s supply chain.  The database integrated an SQL-based company database with GIS-coded addresses.  The data were provided to key stakeholders working with A&D manufacturing firms and included a dashboard and simple GIS mapping tool with interactive maps and data […]


Developing Web Based Labor Market and Work Skills Information Tools
Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC)
Start Date: Apr 2014 — End Date: Sep 2019

CREC is helping Henry Ford Community College and its partner colleges to develop a web-based platform and related training to evaluate the economic relevance and value of specific manufacturing work skills. Henry Ford Community College, based in Dearborn, Michigan, is the lead institution of a 13-member consortium of community colleges — the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing […]


Building a Stronger State-Federal Partnership
National Institute of Standards & Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Start Date: Oct 2002 — End Date: Jun 2019

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.