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.
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
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 email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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