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

Building a Recovery-to-Work Ecosystem

Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Nov 2019 — End Date: Oct 2020

CREC is providing support to the Development District Association of Appalachia in executing an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to support and document the development of “recovery-to-work” ecosystems.  The project goal is to guide Local Development Districts in the Appalachian Region convene community stakeholders and lead efforts aimed at helping Substance Use Disorder sufferers to transition from rehabilitation into lasting employment. CREC is writing profiles of relevant initiatives nationwide, organizing a peer learning opportunity for four regional team (led by Local Development Districts), and producing a lessons learned report.  The four regional teams will collaborate within and across regions to develop coherent initiatives designed to advance their local recovery-to-work ecosystems.

Technical Assistance

About the Client

Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.