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

Making Youth Employment Work

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)
Start Date: Oct 2015 — End Date: Dec 2016

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) provided quantitative analysis and targeted technical assistance in support of the USCCF in its Youth Employment Network pilot initiative.

The initiative sought to support two state and three local chambers in planning and pilot-testing effective youth employment programs by building a network of organizations dedicated to developing asset maps, strategic plans, placement tools, and case studies to implement and promote work-based learning and employment practices.

CREC initiated the project by leading a kick-off meeting, which included a session on asset mapping, at the Youth Employment Network meeting in November. Throughout the project, CREC will facilitate the development of asset maps for each of the five chambers of commerce in the Foundation’s Youth Employment Network, many of which will include key demographic information, data on industry trends, and commentary on existing assets and challenges.

CREC also assisted with the development of a strategic plan for each of the five chambers of commerce. The strategic plans included a brief overview of what was learned from the asset mapping exercise, an explanation of the role of the chamber within the initiative, implementation activities, available resources, and a communications plan.

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About the Client

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the Free Enterprise system improves society and the economy.