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

CREC offered quantitative analysis and targeted technical assistance expertise in support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in its Youth Employment Network pilot initiative. The initiative seeks 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 maps, […]


Maryland Economic Development Incentives and Financing Study
Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland Economic Development Corporation
Start Date: Jul 2015 — End Date: Jan 2016

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 mid-sized firms, and (6) job […]


Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Management Review Report
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Start Date: May 2015 — End Date: Jan 2016

CREC provided a management review of WEDC and recommended changes to its strategic focus and internal processes.  CREC conducted a series of interviews, focus groups, and in-depth reviews of the organization’s operating procedures, performance indicators, and prior legislative audits. The team assessed whether WEDC’s existing efforts aligned with its strategic mission, examined its management structure […]


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.


Development District Association of Appalachia Strategic Planning Retreat
Development District Association of Appalachia
Start Date: Jan 2015 — End Date: Aug 2015

The Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) strengthens the capacity of the region’s LDDs and member governments as local partners to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in its federal-state-local partnership.  DDAA is an important stakeholder in implementing ARC’s strategic plan.  CREC assisted in implementing a strategic planning process, including managing a Board retreat in August […]