Shifting Workforce Development into High Gear
Author: Emily J. Brown. 2015. 101 pages.

A skilled workforce is one of the most important factors impacting a community’s competitiveness. To address this issue, IEDC’s in-house think tank, the Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP) focused this paper,  Shifting WorkforceDevelopment into High Gear: How Economic Developers Lead Workforce System Alignment, on new policies in workforce development, and how economic developers can take a lead role in creating talent pipelines. The paper provides an overview of the players in workforce development, a survey of economic developers’ approach to the issue, six case studies of organizations making an impact, and recommendations for how to best influence workforce development on a regional, state, and local scale. The report is free for IEDC members to download on, and is available in printed format at a cost of $60 for non-members.


IEDC Members, please visit the EDRP Publications page to download this publication for free.


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