Train Your Leaders

CREC has developed extensive professional development curricula, implemented in-person or through web-delivery, for economic and workforce development staff on basic principles of data use, development, economic analysis, labor market information, and economic policy implementation. Trainings are offered in partnership with C2ER, the LMI Institute, and APDU.

CREC's trainings range from economic impact analysis to GIS instruction. CREC also develops customized economic and data trainings to meet client needs.

Train Your Leaders

The Center for Regional Economic Competitievness provides trainings for principles of data use in that support:

        Economic and workforce development | Economic analysis | Labor market assessments | Economic policy implementation

Example: Meeting Real-World Needs Via Training

For the Economic Developers’ Conference of Ontario, for instance, CREC staff, working through C2ER, developed a customized two-tiered curriculum to assist policy-makers of various levels of expertise effectively approach regional collaboration and data-driven economic development planning. The curricula were informed and enhanced by the production of ten original case examples, which portrayed recent planning success and failures from across North America.

Additionally, through C2ER and the LMI Institute, CREC can provide clients with access to the Annual C2ER/ LMI Research Forums: five day conferences made up of dozens of panels, trainings, and lectures discussing the most pressing issues in economic development. Our 2011 training was held in San Francisco, California, and brought together hundreds of policy-makers and researchers from around the globe. Information on our past and future conferences can be found at: www.c2er.org/conference/.

Our staff provides expertise and technical assistance by:

  • Evaluating course strengths and weaknesses
  • Piloting new material
  • Developing new content, or migrating material to a web-delivery or more interactive format

Attend one of our training sessions, provided through our partner organizations:

         The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)  |  Labor Market Institute (LMI)  |  Association of Public Data Users (APDU)

For more information about CREC’s scheduled trainings, customized training, curriculum, and case study development, please contact Program Manager, Ron Kelly, at rkelly@crec.net.

Related Projects

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 […]


Labor Market Information Training and Support for Workforce Staff
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: May 2013 — End Date: Jun 2015

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.


LMI Director’s Town Hall Meeting
The Workforce Information Council
Start Date: Jan 2014 — End Date: Dec 2014

The LMI Institute supported the LMI Directors’ Town Hall Meeting by developing the agenda and curriculum, delivering and facilitating the meeting, providing a meeting evaluation form, administering a follow-up survey, and producing a summary report.  The Institute conducted the LMI Directors’ Town Hall Meeting at the BLS National LMI Conference in May 2014. The Institute […]


Labor Market Information for Front-Line Staff
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services
Start Date: Jan 2014 — End Date: Dec 2014

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) contracted with the LMI Institute to develop a customized labor market information (LMI) training course for front line-staff in its American Job Centers. The training was designed to enhance front-line staffs’ understanding of LMI; show participants where and how to access LMI; and demonstrate how LMI […]