Project Updates

Collaborating with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network to Reach the Defense Supply Chain Webinar
January 9, 2020

CREC hosted the second webinar in its cybersecurity series to discuss the DoD’s effort to leverage the network of Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers to build awareness among defense suppliers about cybersecurity requirements and compliance. Through an inter-agency agreement (between NIST and DoD), the DoD’s Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSDR&E) […]

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OEA Support for Defense Supply Chains Feedback Webinar
December 20, 2019

OEA engaged the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and Entreworks Consulting to review various efforts funded by the OEA Industry Resilience program to strengthen the manufacturing supply chains and strengthen the defense industrial base in your regions and states. This webinar included a briefing on the paper developed outlining these activities, OEA Support for Defense Supply Chains: Many Successes and Lessons Learned, followed by an opportunity for discussion and comments. 

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New NDIA Report Explores Cyber Threats and Responses in the Defense Industry
November 24, 2019

CREC hosted a webinar to discuss the National Defense Industry Association’s recent paper “Beyond Obfuscation: The Defense Industry’s Position within Federal Cybersecurity Policy” (https://www.ndia.org/policy/cyber/2019-cybersecurity-report). This report examines recent cyberbreaches, the evolving regulatory environment governing cybersecurity, and analyzes a survey of 300 defense suppliers and their experiences with cybersecurity. Furthermore, the report provides recommendations for government and industry based on their findings.

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New Report: Certifications and Licenses Attainment and Earnings for the Veteran Workforce
August 27, 2019

This report describes veterans’ attainment of certifications and licenses, with an emphasis on post-9/11 veterans. Utilizing a new data set derived from the 2016-2018 Current Population Survey (CPS), the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) examined veterans’ attainment of certifications and licenses and associated earnings. CREC SOLID Veterans Certifications and License Report 09042019

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OEA Industry Resilience Grants Project Wisconsin Site Visit
March 18, 2019

As part of the OEA Industry Resilience Grants project (Formerly OEA – Defense Industry Adjustment), Cathy Katona and Mereb Hagos conducted a site visit to Fond de Lac and Oshkosh Wisconsin to meet with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) to close out their OEA grant. They […]

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CREC Staff Meets with NYSTAR
March 18, 2019

As part of the OEA Industry Resilience Grants project (Formerly OEA – Defense Industry Adjustment), Mark Troppe and Lee Winkler traveled to Albany New York, to meet with the Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), who manages the state’s MEP centers. The group discussed NYSTAR’s efforts to work with the regional […]

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CREC Meets with Leaders in Duluth for Talent Forecast Meeting
March 5, 2019

CREC’s Ken Poole and Jaleel Reed worked with the University of Northern Iowa’s Institute for Decision Making (IDM) to facilitate a meeting of the Talent Forecast working group as part of a talent development strategy process for the 10 counties around Duluth MN-Superior WI on February 4th.  More than 60 regional leaders participated, including Brian […]

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CREC Visits Pennsylvania LDD’s and Businesses
February 19, 2019

Last week Cathy Katona, Erik Pages, and Lee Winkler traveled to Bloomsburg Pennsylvania, where they met with staff and board members of three PA Local Development Districts: Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA), SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), and the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission (Northern Tier). They also met with businesses whom were recipients of […]

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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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