Technical Assistance

Our technical assistance aids policymakers and workforce development staff to better implement innovation and job-creation strategies by:

• Understanding the economic forces affecting regions and states
• Helping local leaders formulate knowledge-based strategies
• Developing transformational models that support knowledge-driven economic prosperity

Building On the Knowledge Economy

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) uses information and data to create resources and toolkits so that state and national policymakers can evaluate, shape, and implement effective and state- and region-specific programs that promote economic development efforts.

Many of our technical-assistance efforts are aimed at: federal agencies, regional and state offices, private nonprofits, educational institutions, and sub-state regional coalitions.

While our primary area of policy expertise relates to economic development, workforce development, and education, our network extends beyond these policy areas through the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) into a variety of fields ranging from health care, criminal justice and housing, and demographics to transportation.

Related Projects

Developing Web Based Labor Market and Work Skills Information Tools
Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC)
Start Date: Apr 2015 — End Date: Sep 2019

CREC launches a 2-year project to help Henry Ford Community College and its partner colleges developing an online application to evaluate the economic relevance and value of specific manufacturing work skills.

Assessing and Evaluating the Defense Industry Adjustment Program
Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Aug 2019

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and EntreWorks Consulting will provide technical assistance for the OEA by assessing and evaluating the design and effects of Office of Economic Adjustment’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 […]

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 is providing 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 […]

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

CREC is collaborating with the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy to determine a typology and count of U.S. credentials for Credential Engine—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting transparency and credential literacy in the marketplace to reveal the world of credentials and inform the public. The project includes preparing a comprehensive list of websites […]