Jennie Allison serves as Program Manager for the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC). With the organization since September 2014, she works with the membership association the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), manages the Cost of Living Index (COLI), co-directs the organization’s training program, and provides research and technical support.
As COLI project manager, Ms. Allison coordinates the collection of and compiles all the data provided from volunteers in nearly 400 communities from metro and micropolitan areas throughout the United States, manages subscriber correspondence, and methodically works to enhance both the quality of the data gathered and the form which it is presented to the end user. Under her supervision, the final survey response rate has exceeded 70 percent in each of the past nine quarters. Ms. Allison assists with new product development and enhancement, and overall marketing efforts. In her role as COLI manager, she responds to media inquiries or any other outside requests related to the Index.
Additionally, Ms. Allison provides management support for C2ER, including board and membership association activities, as well as co-directing the training program. She manages the CREC organization-wide webinar program and organizes the C2ER/LMI Institute monthly webinar series.
Before joining the CREC team, Ms. Allison worked for an economic development district agency in southeast Georgia providing technical economic development assistance. In this role she helped the 13 member counties promote regional economic development through various economic and workforce development projects.
Ms. Allison holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental and Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of Georgia.