About Us

We are a firm that likes to color outside the lines – addressing the challenges communities face with creative solutions. We like to look at a cardboard box a little different – we like to see the opportunity to transform the ordinary into something extraordinary.  We believe that the challenges most communities face in economic development are the same, what sets us apart is our approach to helping you overcome those challenges.

Creative EDC was launched in 2012 by Crystal Morphis, CEcD. With almost 20 years of economic development experience, including leading a county EDO and ten years as a managing partner in a consulting practice, she decided to start a firm that provides innovative consulting approaches with a commitment to give back (see The Creative Philosophy). The firm has grown to include experienced researchers, tech talent, strategic thinkers, and a wide range of strategic partners. From our creative team come creative ideas for you. Meet the team.

In 2014, we launched the first online assessment tool for product development, CreativeSiteAssessment.com. In 2015, through a joint venture partnership, Creative EDC re-launched the Certified Entrepreneurial Community® program. That same year we launched the Certified Industrial Buildings Program with strategic partner ECS. These are just a few of the innovative, new paths we are forging in economic development.

Creative Economic Development Consulting