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

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 […]


Assist BrightHive with WIN Apprenticeship Data Platform
BrightHive, Inc.
Start Date: Aug 2019 — End Date: Nov 2019

Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN)/Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) has entered into a contract with BrightHive to build an apprenticeship data platform to support connecting employers with performance-based objectives (PBOs), competency frameworks and models, and other skills outlines and to help employers create competence-based apprenticeships through integration with and subsequent use by one […]


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 […]