Tag: workforce

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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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores strategic alignment of workforce and economic development, the intertwined fate of colleges and their host communities, and downtown redevelopment.  Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. No matter where you come down on the skills mismatch debate (and another commentary here

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores creating an innovation culture, closing the talent gap, “ideation” and Bloomberg’s Mayor’s Challenge. Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Creating a culture of innovation can sometimes look a lot like “old” economic development. The city of Grove, OK is targeting

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The Impact of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget on the Pell Grant Program

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director I was deeply troubled by the impact House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan would have on the Pell Grant program, the federal program that provides needs-based grants to low-income post-secondary students. Like the cuts proposed to the Workforce Investment Act, the Ryan budget plan would

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The Impact of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget on Federal Job Training Programs

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director As I read through the budget proposed by House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), I was left wondering why House Republicans are so vigorously opposed to job training programs like the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  This program – which helps private sector employers find and train skilled

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