Workforce and economic development organizations are increasingly partnering together to offer improved workforce training and economic development services. Both groups realize the importance of collaboration in order to ensure a talented labor supply to meet the needs of today’s companies and to sufficiently educate workers for the demands of the knowledge economy. Business leaders and educational institutions are also being engaged to develop holistic collaborative frameworks. This paper distills best practices in collaborative efforts to form systems that leverage the strengths and resources of all partners to create a sustainable labor force. The report features five case studies ranging from the state, local, and regional level, and cover rural and urban areas. It also includes recommendations distilled from the case studies for communities that want to forge and strengthen partnerships in workforce and economic development.
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