Project Updates

The 7 Rivers Alliance Regional Wise Talent Strategy
February 9, 2017

CREC is collaborating with the Institute for Decision Making (IDM) at the University of Northern Iowa, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, and First Children’s Finance on this effort. CREC and its partners will develop a Regional Talent Plan comprised of workforce preparation, attraction and retention strategies, a roadmap for implementing key initiatives, and an asset […]

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Mapping the Defense Supply Chain For The State Of West Virginia
February 9, 2017

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

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Request for Proposal: Company Survey Planning, Management and Targeted Business Analysis
January 23, 2017

CREC is working with partners in Texas to mitigate the impact of defense spending adjustments and budget cuts on the state economy. CREC seeks the assistance of a well-qualified contractor to assist with Company Survey Planning, Management and Targeted Business Analysis. Specifically, the services requested and required must be designed for the use of the […]

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CREC Internship Profile: Jaleel Reed
December 1, 2016

Each year, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) hires a number of interns who help the organization during the busy summer period. Each is offered an opportunity to learn how the organization helps municipalities, states, and regions respond to changes in local job markets; and CREC specifically works with undergraduate and graduate students who need academic credit. […]

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State Small Business Credit Initiative: Lessons for Federal and State Programs to Support Business Capital Needs
October 13, 2016

Different types of programs are needed to meet the wide spectrum of business capital gaps.  The states have learned a lot of lessons over the past few years in which programs meet which gaps.  That’s a key takeaway that CREC and its partners at the U.S. Treasury Department and Cromwell Schmisseur learned from a new […]

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The State Economic Development Performance Indicators White Paper
October 12, 2016

Given states’ pressures to demonstrate economic development investment impact, The State Economic Development Performance Indicators White Paper, recently published by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and Smart Incentives, examines commonly used indicators and provides guidance to improve and expand evaluation efforts. Developed from the Business Incentives Initiative conducted by CREC and Pew Charitable […]

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CREC Report to be Featured at Center for American Progress Event
October 7, 2016

The report that CREC completed for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) will be featured at the “Entrepreneurship for All” event at the Center for American Progress on October 13, 2016. You can find out more information and register for the event here.

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CREC Facilitates State Data Sharing Initiative in Washington, D.C.
September 20, 2016

CREC staff convened 18 representatives from five states for a two-day workshop on state data sharing, held in Washington, D.C

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C2ER Publishes Quarter 2 of COLI
September 9, 2016

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) published their second quarter update for the Cost of Living Index (COLI).

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CREC Facilitates Steering Committee in Momentum West Region
September 7, 2016

Ken Poole, John Marotta, and Andrew Conrad facilitate Steering Committee work session for 10-county Momentum West region in West Central Wisconsin.

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