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

ARC Entrepreneurial Benchmark Update 2018-2020
EntreWorks Consulting
Start Date: Dec 2018 — End Date: Jan 2020

CREC, working with EntreWorks Consulting, is continuing our work in promoting entrepreneurial efforts in the Appalachian Region by maintaining a database of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, updating research on the region’s economic dynamism, and maintaining a web presence at http://arceco.creconline.org for the entrepreneurial directory and the entrepreneurial index (updated through 2017).


Evaluating Talent Pipeline Management Initiatives and a Peer-Learning Process
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)
Start Date: Jul 2017 — End Date: Dec 2019

CREC supports 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 facilitated two cohorts of 20 practitioners through a process in which they develop action plans and align performance measures with what they expect to […]


Pennsylvania Local Development District System Strategy
Local Development District Association of Pennsylvania
Start Date: Jan 2019 — End Date: Dec 2019

CREC and EntreWorks Consulting are developing a strategic plan for the seven Local Development Districts located in Pennsylvania. Each of Pennsylvania’s seven LDDs provides technical and programmatic assistance in four core programs; Business Finance, Export/International Marketing, Government Procurement Assistance and Transportation Planning. Additionally, each district has taken on roles important to their region that differ […]


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

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 2019

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 […]