Research

Alignment Matrix

Comparing each state’s strategic plan with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for each local economic development districts (EDDs) within the respective state is a good first step in understanding strategic alignment.  Findings and a searchable database will be available in Fall 2022.

Best Practices Guide

CREC and partners are preparing a best practice guide to inform efforts aimed at increasing alignment, collaboration and co-investment between states and local EDDs.  The guide is expected to be available in late 2022.

USACompetes

USACompetes.com was created in 2017 and provides economic developers with the resources to develop an international engagement strategy for your region and to be ready to compete in the global economy. The site was recently updated and refreshed reflecting an increased emphasis on global connections in state and EDD CEDS.

Statewide Planning and Tourism Grants

CREC conducted research into how states were planning on using the Statewide Planning Grants and Tourism Grants that were awarded as part of the 2021 ARPA legislation.  One focus of the Statewide Planning Grant survey was the coordination between states and local EDOs. A blog on the results is available here.