About CREC

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded to provide policy-makers from around the world with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute innovative, regional, job-creating economic strategies.

Our staff members come from around the globe, bringing with them diverse backgrounds, and world-class skill sets.

CREC staff

Mark Troppe
Senior Research Fellow

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Mark Troppe is Senior Vice President at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), where he serves on the executive management team in guiding the organization’s future.  He leads key projects; collaborates with other senior team members to develop and implement a research, technical assistance, and training strategy; provides senior leadership to association clients; and helps develop resources and new business in support of the organization’s mission.

Specifically, Mr. Troppe guides staff working on workforce information-related associations (Labor Market Information Institute and Projections Managing Partnership). He leads the EDA project on “International Engagement Ready Communities” to conduct research on regional strategies to attract foreign direct assistance and promote exports and is developing a toolkit to assist economic development professionals. He helps implement the NIST MEP state relations program and the Defense Industry Adjustment technical assistance program.

Over the prior 30 years, Mr. Troppe held a variety of economic and workforce development positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Troppe worked for 15 years at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program. Most recently, he led the Partnerships and Program Development division that oversaw program development and MEP’s partnerships with other Federal agencies, Governors, and industry associations. Mark led MEP’s outreach to Governors and state economic development leaders to coordinate re-competition of MEP Center operations in 40+ states over three years, and oversaw MEP’s involvement in several multi-agency initiatives (e.g., Jobs and Innovation Accelerator grants, Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, POWER initiative). In addition, division staff worked with MEP Centers, federal, state, and industry partners to develop and deploy programs and services to help manufacturers enhance their competitiveness. These included efforts to accelerate technology adoption by SMMs, deliver supply chain optimization services, and address workforce issues.

While at NIST, Mr. Troppe had one-year temporary assignments in the Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons (2016-2017) working on manufacturing, technology, and innovation issues as an ASME Congressional Fellow, and with the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers during the Great Recession (2009-2010), focusing on providing assistance to companies in the manufacturing supply chain.

From 2000-2007, Mr. Troppe worked at the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) as director of economic and workforce development. At NCEE, Mr. Troppe wrote about, developed courses, and delivered training on the nature of and opportunities for effective collaboration between workforce and economic development organizations. Prior to that, he worked as Director of Training for US Web’s internet hosting division; and as Director of Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW), a non-profit that promoted career awareness with elementary school youth.  He started his career as a Presidential Management Fellow in 1984 and worked for ten years with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

Mr. Troppe holds a Master of Arts in Development Economics degree from Essex University in England; a Master of Public Administration degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin; and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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