Sustainable, effective plans require thought, energy, and crucial stakeholder buy-in. CREC’s planning process evolves based on each project, and we recognize that planning builds on past efforts. For every project, CREC facilitates your efforts by helping you:
- Create jobs
- Generate economic prosperity
- Ensure that you can successfully manage the ongoing implementation process
Guiding Your Region for Decades to Come
Beyond leading the economic planning process, our staff is also trained to help regional leaders:
- Facilitate stakeholder meetings with the goals of achieving issue consensus and/or plan buy-in
- Bring private and public sector leaders together to have effective conversations and develop consensus around important issues
- Develop tailored case examples that highlight best practices from regions with similar challenges
- Establish benchmarks for success and processes for measuring them
For more information about past experiences putting together economic or workforce development strategies and implementation plans, please feel free to reach out to our CEO, Ken Poole, directly at email@example.com.
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Supporting the State Small Business Credit Initiative Lending Programs
U.S. Department of Treasury, State Small Business Credit Initiative
Start Date: Nov 2013 — End Date: Nov 2015
Working collaboratively with commercial lending and community development finance subject matter experts (George Surgeon, David McGrady and Donna Nails), CREC is providing technical assistance and support services for U.S. Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).
Grand Rapids Workforce Demand Analysis
Start Date: May 2015 — End Date: Oct 2015
The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness is proud to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. As part of a partnership, CREC provides information and research that will inform workforce considerations associated with Grand Rapids, MI, planned public investments in: Street reconstruction Parks renovations River restoration The combined research helps Grand Rapids […]
Business Incentives Policy & Practice Initiative
Pew Charitable Trusts
Start Date: Nov 2013 — End Date: Sep 2015
The Business Incentives Policy and Practice Initiative is a joint project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. This 18-month program engages forward-thinking leaders at the state level to reform economic development incentive policies and practices. Teams of economic development policymakers and practitioners from six states will improve those states’ ability to collect and report results from incentive investments and, as a result, develop national standards and best practices that can become road maps for other states.
Enhancing User Access to Available Labor Market Information
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Start Date: Apr 2014 — End Date: May 2015
This research sought to catalogue the current state of practice in intra-state data sharing (data sharing among stakeholders within a state). It was also designed to recognize and catalyze efforts that try to balance the data confidentiality needs of individuals and employer taxpayers with the important role employment and wage data could play in strengthening policymakers’ statistical and program evaluation activities.
Increasing Post-Secondary Educational Attainment through Improved Data
Start Date: Dec 2013 — End Date: Apr 2015
In collaboration with George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP), CREC assisted in the development of a white paper that proposes an education and workforce data system that better meets user decision-making needs.