Tag: workforce

5 Workforce Strategies to Increase Economic Opportunity

This post is the first installment in NLC’s Economic Mobility and Opportunity Blog Series. It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to help your residents gain a solid financial footing. The National League of Cities’ (NLC) recent report offers a road map to help you achieve that commitment. Keeping the American Dream

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In Hartford, Connecticut, a Breakthrough for Early Childhood Educators

The City of Hartford, Connecticut, is taking the lead in supporting its early childhood workforce by partnering with the local workforce development board to determine the needs of early childhood educators. While many cities across the nation have made great strides in expanding their early childhood services and programs, there has been less focus on

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In St. Paul, NLC Leaders Host Afterschool Symposium

Today, in conjunction with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, NLC leaders convened four mayors in Saint Paul, Minnesota to explore how city officials and business leaders can partner with local afterschool and summer learning programs to address the “work force skills gap,” and help ensure local children and youth

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America’s Next Great Workforce Begins with Afterschool

This is a guest post by Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. This week, the National League of Cities (NLC) is convening a symposium of mayors and corporate leaders to discuss and share their perspective on the workforce skills (that have been referred to as “soft skills” or social and emotional skills) gap —

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How Austin, Texas Got Equitable Economic Development Right

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Kevin Johns is the Economic Development Director for the City of Austin. This week I had the opportunity to talk to Kevin about Austin’s Einstein Challenge, an innovative program looking to lift out of poverty 40,000 children in the city. Carlos

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Strategies for Recruiting a 21st Century Workforce

This is a guest post by Steve Vermette, vice president of brokerage at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. Budget cutbacks, an aging workforce nearing retirement and the need for a deeper pool of talent are creating a perfect storm for governments looking to recruit skilled workers — and keep them long term. Public sector employers are

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NLC Equity, Education and Employment Summer Road Trip Austin: The Master Plan – Equity in Opportunity Bridging Workforce and Education

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. In Austin, we meet with key stakeholders and Mayor Steve Adler to learn about the next steps in ensuring equity in access to opportunity. This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and

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In Dayton, Building a 21st Century Workforce Starts With High-Quality Preschool

This is a guest post from Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio. When I talk to citizens, the first thing they bring up is jobs –  jobs for themselves, jobs for their children. When I talk to business leaders, the first thing they bring up is workers – workers for today, workers for tomorrow. As

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The Changing Face of Japanese Decision Making

Japan has a reputation for being both hierarchical and patriarchal. One’s position in the hierarchy and the roles defined by gender continue to be reinforced by families, schools and employers. Further, Japanese customs and societal norms create structures that foster order and discipline, define relationships and sublimate the self for the benefit of the collective.

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Why We Should Care about Public Sector Job Loss

Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary revised unemployment estimates.  It appears that the economy actually netted 386,000 jobs this year, but only after accounting for a loss of 67,000 government jobs. This recent news compounds figures suggesting that as of August 2012, local government employment in the U.S. had decreased by

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