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

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 […]


Investing in Maryland’s Clean Tech Sector
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Start Date: Feb 2019 — End Date: Oct 2019

The Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) seeks to grow the state’s clean tech sector and leverage resources to deploy new technologies.  MEI2’s authorizing legislation charges the institute with preparing a report on state of energy innovation in Maryland, benchmarking the state to others and providing recommendations for action.  CREC is assisting MEI2 developing this report […]


Utah Economic Development Strategy
Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
Start Date: May 2019 — End Date: Oct 2019

CREC is providing GOED with facilitation support and subject matter expertise to assist in developing a plan in accordance with SB-172.  The process involves engaging 15 subcommittees, identifying recommendations, and integrating those ideas into a comprehensive economic development plan.  The strategies will include efforts to address the state’s incentives, rural development efforts, innovation, and support […]


Developing Web Based Labor Market and Work Skills Information Tools
Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC)
Start Date: Apr 2014 — End Date: Sep 2019

CREC is helping Henry Ford Community College and its partner colleges to develop a web-based platform and related training to evaluate the economic relevance and value of specific manufacturing work skills. Henry Ford Community College, based in Dearborn, Michigan, is the lead institution of a 13-member consortium of community colleges — the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing […]


Baltimore Maryland Philanthropies
Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative
Start Date: Jun 2019 — End Date: Jul 2019

CREC is providing guidance to the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative on strategies for designing and implementing a proposed integrated data system.  BWFC received a grant to support the technical development of a shared data system, and CREC is helping with exploring stakeholder goals and objectives through the system to develop a scope of work to […]