SSBCI – Rebuilding Manufacturing Through Access to Capital

Manufacturing has long been a staple of America’s economic engine even with recent employment declines. Today, the sector is seeing a strong resurgence due to private investment in new industries and products, public investment in R&D and business development assistance, and credit support through such programs as the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). A […]

And…We’re Off! The Policy Academy to Strengthen State and Local Strategic Alignment Kicks Off

In every project there are opportunities for research and education. Both are useful and provide a fundamental baseline for understanding an issue and sharing information. But nothing beats one-on-one technical assistance where you work closely with organizations as they strive to improve service to customers and stakeholders. The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) Policy […]

Showing Impact: Reporting on Federal Funds for Community Development

by Ellen D. Harpel | Dec 4, 2022 | Funding associated with federal recovery and investment initiatives has provided unprecedented resources to states and communities. These initiatives are expected to create benefits for people and places across the country. How will these benefits be measured? What metrics will state and local governments use to determine program effectiveness? The Center […]