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Seedco ED WD Policy Report

Seedco ED WD Policy Report

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A Ta  T Ssts
Linking Economic DEvELopmEnt anD WorkforcE DEvELopmEnt
A RepoRT Rom The Seedco policy cenTeR
MAY 2009
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crt © 2009 Strutur et e dt crrat (S). A rts rsr.
We grateully acknowledge Seedco’s Ben Seigel or helping toguide this report to completion, Demetra Smith Nightingaleor her guidance on the Policy Advisory Council, and the Joyce Foundation’s Whitney Smith or her support, critique,and patience. Thanks as well to the many people, too many tolist, who read and provided invaluable eedback. Finally, thisreport would not have been possible without the thoughtulcontributions o the hundreds o eld leaders, practitionersand policymakers who took the time to talk with us.This report was unded by the Joyce Foundation withadditional support rom the Ford Foundation, whichsupports a range o Seedco’s workorce and economicdevelopment activities.
DESIGN: Red Rooster Group, NY
Seedco is a national nonproft intermediary that workswith local partners to create economic opportunitiesor disadvantaged job seekers, low-wage workers, andneighborhood entrepreneurs. Seedco’s policy researchoers a practitioner’s perspective on workorce andeconomic development policy implementation, pre-senting a pragmatic assessment o the opportunitiesand obstacles inherent in developing programs andaccomplishing systemic reorm.
915 Braa, 17t r, n yr, ny 10010
Tel: 212 473-0255 • Fax: 212 473-0357Email: info@seedco.org • www.seedco.org
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massaustts isttut  T
S rseeld
Ra T Strats, i.
TABle o conTenTS
Lessons rom the Field
Putting Lessons into Action
pEnnSyLvania 13pldel 14
• Philadelphia Workforce
Development Corporation 15
1199C Trainin Fund 15• Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board 16The Colleiate Consortium 17
Lse 18
• Lancaster Workforce Investment Board
Cluster Initiative 18
north caroLina 20te ped td re 22
• Associates Proram in Applied Science,Forsyth Technical Community Collee 22• Piedmont Triad Partnership 23Dell Computer 24
Wese re 25
• Reional Hih Technoloy Center 25• Tri-County Community ColleeAdvanced Machinin Trainin 25• Advantae West Reional Partnership 26
iLLinoiS 28c 29
• Illinois’ Job Trainin andEconomic Development 30Reional Healthcare Initiative 30• ManufacturinWorks and ServiceWorks 32
pe 33
TalentForce 21 33• Pathways to Successful Healthcare Careers 34
A Ta  T Ssts
Linking Economic DEvELopmEnt anD WorkforcE DEvELopmEnt
Neil Kleiman, Emma Oppenheim and Carl Voel with Luke Weisber
MAY 2009
execUTive SUmmARy
Initiatives aimed at linking economic developmentand workorce development have emerged acrossthe country, oering governments the opportunity toboost their economic competitiveness and increase
their workers’ skills simultaneously. These efforts
have achieved varying degrees o success, and manyprograms have resulted in limited tangible outcomes.Using in-depth case studies o regions in three states,Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Illinois, this reportdetails opportunities—and cautions against pitalls—commonly encountered by those attempting to linktwo complementary but very dierent systems.

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