For the past 20 years, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) has promoted data-related innovations that guide economic and workforce development and has informed evidence-based decision-making by connecting, training, and supporting thousands of professionals. This year and next, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CREC aims to expand access to labor market information for data-driven decision making in collaboration with organizations guiding students through high school, college, and career. CREC is working closely with the Building Equitable Pathways Community of Practice hosted by Jobs for the Future.

This October 2022 report summarizes the lessons learned so far from our initial outreach and discussions with community of practice (COP), and outlines the challenges they face, setting us up for future phases of this initiative.

Read the October 2022 report here.