Board of Advisors
Kenneth E. Poole, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Council for Community and Economic Research
Dr. Poole’s role at Business U is to ensure that Business U participants have a deep understanding of how to use data effectively to drive business engagement. Dr. Poole has managed economic development research, analysis, and technical assistance efforts for 25 years. In January 2000, Dr. Poole formed the Center as an independent non-profit affiliated with George Mason University and C2ER. CREC focuses on developing a stronger understanding of how regional economies can compete effectively in the knowledge-based economy. As part of those efforts, Dr. Poole directs a national nonprofit membership organization (C2ER) serving economic and community development researchers in communities, states, academia, and the private sector. In his capacity of Executive Director, Dr. Poole oversees all program development activities of the organization including its research and professional training activities. He also serves as Executive Director for the Labor Market Training Institute and Staff Director for the Association of Public Data Users.