Project Updates (Page 4)

‘First 12 Manufacturing Communities’ Receive Bipartisan Boost
March 7, 2016

A new bill would create a long-term program to competitively award regions with the “Manufacturing Community” designation and associated funding benefits. Winning communities given the designation would move to the front of the line when applying for up to $1.3 billion in available federal economic development funding for manufacturing. This comes off the heels of President […]

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Analysis: Addressing the Skills Gap Starts in Your Own Office
March 3, 2016

A survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education shows that government and nonprofit employers have a more-difficult time with recent-graduate hires. Most of the issues cited involve “soft skills.” Of the 700 employers in the survey who offered feedback on specific troubles they experienced with recent grads, most mentioned communication and critical thinking. Specifically, the employers stated […]

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March 7-8 Event: Local Employment Dynamics Partnership Annual Workshop
March 3, 2016

The 2016 Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership Annual Workshop is slated for March 7-8 in Washington, D.C. The free event provides professional development and networking for Labor Market Information directors, data analysts and data providers at state and federal agencies, nonprofits, businesses, and other data users. This year’s theme is “National Perspective, Local Data,” and presentations will explore […]

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CREC Delivers Business Incentives Evaluation Training in Newark, Delaware
February 26, 2016

Ken Poole and Business Development Advisors (BDA) President and CREC Senior Fellow, Ellen Harpel, delivered training to Delaware economic developers on designing and improving states’ return on investment (ROI) for local tax and non-tax business incentives, while mitigating risk.

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CREC Conducts AMJIAC Site Visit in Knoxville, Tennessee
February 10, 2016

Ken Poole and John Marotta conduct a site visit in Knoxville, Tennessee as part of CREC’s joint effort with the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to develop a report on the outcomes and impacts of the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (AMJIAC) grants.

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C2ER Publishes 2015 Annual Average Cost of Living Index
February 4, 2016

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) has published the 2015 Annual Average Cost of Living Index (COLI).

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CREC Testifies Before Maryland House Appropriations Subcommittee in Annapolis, Maryland
February 4, 2016

Ken Poole testified at a hearing before the Maryland House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development on a study recently completed on Maryland’s economic development finance programs.

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CREC Attends WDQC Networking Reception in Arlington, Virginia
February 3, 2016

Ron Kelly, Jennie Allison, and Charles Braunlich attended the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) data networking reception in Arlington , Virginia.

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CREC Attends AACC Workforce Development Institute Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana
January 20, 2016

Haden Springer attended the American Association of Community College (AACC) Workforce Development Institute’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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CREC Internship Profile: Charlie Braunlich
January 19, 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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