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

Grand Rapids Workforce Demand Analysis

W.K.Kellogg Foundation
Start Date: May 2015 — End Date: Oct 2015

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness was proud to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. As part of a partnership, CREC provided information and research that informed workforce considerations associated with Grand Rapids, MI, planned public investments in:

  • Street reconstruction
  • Parks renovations
  • River restoration

The combined research helped Grand Rapids municipal leaders and community partners to make informed, data-driven public policy decisions. It also helped the city develop strategies to ensure that the benefits of these public infrastructure investments extend to the city’s disadvantaged communities.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) was founded in 1930 by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg as an independent, private foundation.



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About the Client

W.K.Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States.

Project Updates

CREC Rejoins Kellogg Foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 17, 2015

Mark White and Randall Arthur traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, as part of a project with the William Keith Kellogg Foundation to evaluate Grand Rapids’ employer and workforce demand.

CREC Travels to Grand Rapids, Michigan
July 12, 2015

Mark White and Randall Arthur traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to present preliminary findings to stakeholders as a part of an ongoing project with the W.K. Kellog Foundation and the City of Grand Rapids.