Helping Communities Shine

Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

Arizona Aerospace and Defense Industry Survey and Data Collection

Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Oct 2015 — End Date: Sep 2015

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) lead an effort to collect intelligence from Aerospace and Defense (A&D) firms in Arizona, which was used to populate a publicly-available database.

To accomplish this, CREC’s managed association, Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), participated in:

  • ACA-led focus groups/semi-structured interviews to assess key data elements required for this work and established a rapport between the project team and businesses
  • Conducted a literature review of related A&D research in Arizona and other states
  • Reviewed ACA’s existing supply chain database and A&D company lists
  • Designed structured interview/survey instruments for data collection
  • Conducted a field test to refine the interview/survey instrument
  • Conducted the survey with the assistance of Oppenheim Research
  • Conducted follow-up survey via snowball sampling methodology
  • Produced an interview guide for in-person and telephone conversations to ensure that ACA staff can maintain and expand the database over time


About the Client

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is an aggressive new organization that has a laser focus on recruitment of quality companies and jobs for Arizona as well as the expansion of companies already here. The ACA, formerly the Arizona Department of Commerce, has been re-created as a streamlined, business-savvy organization focused on producing results that benefit businesses and the Arizona economy.

Project Updates

CREC Delivers LMI Training in Flagstaff & Sierra Vista, Arizona
September 30, 2015

Ron Kelly and Lindsay Johnson traveled to Flagstaff and Sierra Vista, Arizona to deliver three in-person labor market intelligence training(s) to engage and strengthen industry partnerships.