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

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 provided advice and counsel to DVIRC in support of its Defense Industry Adjustment project.  DVIRC sought to create a collaboration model between DVIRC and the Manufacturing USA Institutes that would connect DoD small to medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to the technology and expertise in Institutes, assuming the presence of Institute satellite facilities in the Philadelphia […]


State Data Sharing Initiative
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Feb 2018

CREC is gathered information about state laws and regulations that govern business revenue and UI data disclosure to determine best practices for maintaining the safety of data as well as best practices for expanding access to confidential data for qualified researchers and policymakers. We will also provide assistance to five states seeking to reform their data governance and sharing policies based on best practices from other states.


Mapping the Defense Supply Chain For The State Of West Virginia
West Virginia University
Start Date: Feb 2017 — End Date: Dec 2017

CREC developed a statewide supply chain map of West Virginia’s defense and manufacturing industries that serve defense manufacturers and communities in limiting the impact of defense-related spending cuts and identify new opportunities for economic diversification.  The project included identifying regional and sector-specific competitive advantages regarding DOD assets, and how these related to broader industry cluster […]


Promoting Data Sharing to Enhance State Policy Making & Program Evaluation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Dec 2017

CREC conducted a two-year project (2016-2017) focused on: (1) researching laws and regulations governing the disclosure, or “sharing,” of confidential state business revenue and unemployment insurance data as well as the processes used in establishing agreements to access that data for policy making and program evaluation, and (2) providing technical assistance to states in developing […]