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 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 […]


Business and Higher Education Forum (BHEF) Project
Business and Higher Education Forum
Start Date: Oct 2019 — End Date: Dec 2019

The Business and Higher Education Forum (BHEF), the Greater Washington Partnership (GWP) and the Business Roundtable are well established organizations connecting business, university and non-profit partners in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia region (DMV). These organizations aim to increase the number of high-quality, transparent and affordable pathways to the attainment and updating of Digital Technology skills in […]


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 […]