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.
Texas Economic Adjustment Assistance
University of Texas at Arlington
Start Date: Sep 2016 — End Date: Aug 2017
CREC supported the state of Texas in mitigating the impact of defense spending and sequestration on the state economy through identification and assistance to affected businesses, creating an analyses to aid economic planning for affected regions, and facilitation of high-impact entrepreneurship and technology acceleration activities in those regions. CREC worked with project partners and key […]
Making Youth Employment Work
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)
Start Date: Oct 2015 — End Date: Dec 2016
The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) provided quantitative analysis and targeted technical assistance in support of the USCCF in its Youth Employment Network pilot initiative. The initiative sought to support two state and three local chambers in planning and pilot-testing effective youth employment programs by building a network of organizations dedicated to developing asset […]
Maryland Economic Development Incentives and Financing Study
Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland Economic Development Corporation
Start Date: Jul 2015 — End Date: Jan 2016
The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) conducted an in-depth examination of 12 Maryland state incentive and financing programs in six categories. Those included (1) place-based tax credits (2) investment tax credits (3) incentives to attract or retain large employers (4) small business lending and investment programs (5) credit enhancement and financing programs for small and […]
Research Training and Support for Arizona’s Workforce System
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: May 2013 — End Date: Jun 2014
Working with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Workforce Division, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) assisted in the acquisition of a real time job openings database, delivered training and technical assistants to participating Workforce Investment Boards and other partners on labor market information and analysis, provided periodic industry and occupation customer reports, and provided staff training to ACA research staff.
Labor Market Information Technical Assistance and Training
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Jul 2011 — End Date: Dec 2012
C2ER assisted the ACA Workforce Division in supporting the SESP and other workforce activities in updating its SESP strategy, acquiring a real time job openings dataset, and delivering training and technical assistance to participating workforce investment boards. C2ER also assisted in providing research support to the SESP by identifying energy-related occupations that require some form of apprenticeship and/or experience.