Helping Regions Compete

Our Network of Organizaitons

empowers policy-makers and researchers by providing them with the information, tools, and skill sets they need to help their regions better compete in an increasingly connected, knowledge-based world.


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.


  • Economic Development Consulting

  • Workforce Intelligence and Projection Consulting

  • Regional Training and Capacity Building

  • Professional Organization and Network Management

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The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) promotes excellence in community and economic research by improving data quality and availability by fostering learning about regional economic analytic methods.


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The Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute advances the art and science of labor market information among LMI professionals and its customer community.


  • Basic and applied labor market information training and certification
  • Customized workforce data and economics training
  • E-learning curriculum delivery development
  • Webinars on current workforce information topics
  • Labor market information and GIS training for front-line staff and advanced data users
  • Annual LMI Forum
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The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is a national network that links users, producers, and disseminators of government and open-access statistical data.


  • Identification of relevant public data sources for specific projects
  • Assistance with accessing data in a cost-effective and appropriate manner
  • Establishment of effective two-way communication between data producers and users
  • Weekly updates tracking public data issues, releases, and "Calls for Comment"
  • Legislative advocacy