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

Business Incentives Policy & Practice Initiative

Pew Charitable Trusts
Start Date: Nov 2013 — End Date: Sep 2015

The Business Incentives Policy and Practice Initiative was a joint project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. This 18-month program engaged forward-thinking leaders at the state level to reform economic development incentive policies and practices.

The initiative collaborated with the governors of Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia, each of whom assembled a team with expertise in economic development, revenue, budgeting, auditing, and other areas to reform economic development incentive policies and practices.

Specifically, the teams worked to:

  • Collect and report results from incentive investments
  • Develop national standards and best practices that can become effective strategies that other states to use to improve their own development investments

Focusing on Outcome Measures: Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Rob McClintock, vice president of research at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, discusses statewide reporting requirements for economic development incentives and his state’s participation in the business incentives initiative.


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About the Client

Pew Charitable Trusts

Pew Charitable Trusts is an independent, non-profit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Project Updates

State Econ Leaders Talk Incentives Policies, Federal Relationships
December 9, 2015

.@CRECnet's state economic development agency leaders workshop has kicked off in Phoenix. #econdev — Parry Carter (@PCarter222) November 18, 2015 State agency economic development secretaries from Hawaii to New England met for two days in Phoenix to discuss the challenges and opportunities they face in developing and delivering programs for the people they serve. […]