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

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.

Grant Proposal Management, Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Jun 2012 — End Date: Jul 2012

C2ER collaborated closely with ACA Business Development staff to develop the concept and win themes for a successful $1.7 million grant to support the state’s aerospace and defense industries. The proposal involved preparing scopes of work for five different Federal agencies (e.g., Employment and Training Administration, Small Business Administration, Economic Development Administration, Department of Energy, and NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership) designed to meet their individual needs as well as drafting a cohesive project narrative to engage the cross-agency collaborative.