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 Economic Development Executives Roundtable
Pew Charitable Trusts
Start Date: Apr 2018 — End Date: Mar 2019

CREC is continuing its on-going efforts to develop a network of top state economic development executives and engaging them in a collaborative group.  CREC is organizing a series of conference calls, interviews, and meetings with the executives.  To support that work, CREC is also conducting research on key issues of concern to the network, including […]


Credential Engine
George Washington University Institute of Public Policy
Start Date: Oct 2017 — End Date: Dec 2018

In collaboration with George Washington Institute of Public Policy, CREC is leading a second phase of the work with Credential Engine designed to build on the first report released in April 2018.  In this phase, CREC will update and enhance the credential count by accomplishing four key goals: (1) updating the data acquired for Phase […]


NC Justice Center Paper
North Carolina Justice Center
Start Date: Jul 2018 — End Date: Jul 2018

Communities across North Carolina are seeking ways to expand and extend apprenticeship program participation to address youth unemployment and employer-reported skill gaps and to make these programs more effective at meeting the needs of employers and students alike. CREC is working with the North Carolina Justice Center to conduct research that 1) identifies the barriers […]


International Engagement Ready Communities Initiative
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Start Date: Oct 2017 — End Date: Jun 2018

CREC is collaborating with SRI International’s Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy (CISP) and Stone & Associates to produce a rigorous, validated set of tools that can be used by regions across the United States to develop and execute a plan to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and foster export promotion. The IERC Initiative began […]


Manufacturing USA Access Project, 2017
Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center
Start Date: Jul 2017 — End Date: Apr 2018

CREC provided technical assistance and counsel to the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) as they lead an effort funded by the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment to explore opportunities for defense suppliers in the region to collaborate with emerging Manufacturing Institutes (Manufacturing USA).  The US Departments of Defense, Energy and Commerce launched […]