Project Updates

The 2018 Cost of Living Index Annual Review is now available
February 5, 2019

The 2018 Cost of Living Index Annual Review is now available. C2ER annually publishes an unweighted average of prices accumulated from the previous three quarters. See the 10 most & least expensive urban areas in the U.S. See our full press release here. 

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C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Forum Kick-off
January 22, 2019

C2ER and LMI Institute staffers, Spencer Abrams and Jennie Allison, visited St. Louis Missouri January 16 – 17, 2019 to meet with local stakeholders to plan the 2019 Annual Conference. Stay tuned for the official launch and agenda release in the next two weeks.

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CREC Seeks Contractor to develop a Defense Supply Chain Economic Growth Analysis, Web Tool, and Instructional Material
September 5, 2018

CREC is working with partners in Texas to mitigate the impact of defense spending adjustments and budget cuts on the state economy by identifying and assisting affected businesses, creating analyses to aid economic planning for affected regions, and facilitating high-impact entrepreneurship and technology acceleration activities in those regions. Texas enjoys a diversified economy, but relies […]

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CREC Internship Profile: Mary Feser
July 25, 2018

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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CREC Internship Profile: Lakeisha Skinner
July 24, 2018

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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C2ER/LMI Institute Annual Conference
June 18, 2018

CREC managed the C2ER and LMI Institute Annual Conference June 4th – 8th in Atlanta, GA. Presentations from the conference have been uploaded here.

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OEA Webinar: Cybersecurity Requirements for Defense Contractors
April 27, 2018

The Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity requirements were a hot topic at the recent DIA Learning Community Convening in Arlington, VA. The deadline for compliance has passed but many suppliers are still uncertain how to meet the requirements. DOD requirements for cybersecurity are far-reaching and impact suppliers at all tiers in the supply chain. This OEA-DIA […]

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New report out for Credential Engine
April 20, 2018

New report out for Credential Engine, with research produced by Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy “Counting U.S. Secondary and Postsecondary Credentials“

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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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