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

State Data Sharing Initiative
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Feb 2018

CREC is gathering information about state laws and regulations that govern business revenue and UI data disclosure to determine best practices for maintaining the safety of data as well as best practices for expanding access to confidential data for qualified researchers and policymakers. We will also provide assistance to five states seeking to reform their data governance and sharing policies based on best practices from other states.


Mapping the Defense Supply Chain For The State Of West Virginia
West Virginia University
Start Date: Feb 2017 — End Date: Dec 2017

CREC is developing a statewide supply chain map of West Virginia’s defense and manufacturing industries that will serve defense manufacturers and communities in limiting the impact of defense-related spending cuts and identify new opportunities for economic diversification.  The project includes identifying regional and sector-specific competitive advantages regarding DOD assets, and how these relate to broader […]


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 […]


Evaluating Talent Pipeline Management Initiatives and a Peer-Learning Process
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)
Start Date: Jul 2017 — End Date: Dec 2017

CREC is supporting the USCCF Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) Academy by helping 40 practitioners from regions across the U.S. to articulate their TPM initiatives and develop measurable program goals and objectives.  CREC is facilitating two cohorts of 20 practitioners through a process in which they develop action plans and align performance measures with what they […]


Promoting Data Sharing to Enhance State Policy Making & Program Evaluation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Dec 2017

CREC will conduct a two-year project (2016-2017) focused on: (1) researching laws and regulations governing the disclosure, or “sharing,” of confidential state business revenue and unemployment insurance data as well as the processes used in establishing agreements to access that data for policy making and program evaluation, and (2) providing technical assistance to states in […]