By using case studies, this report evaluates the Jobs Initiative, Casey's six-city, eight-year effort to engage local institutions and stakeholders while identifying improved approaches to workforce development services for disadvantaged job seekers. The report delves into a community's ability to create large-scale, system-wide change and help poor families improve their chances in finding quality employment  It examines the intentional workforce development system improvements in four of the Jobs Initiative sites: Seattle, WA; Milwaukee, WI; St. Louis,MO; and Philadelphia PA. 

August 22, 2005

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Who was involved in the Jobs Initiative

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    What new approaches were tried in the different cities

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    Why different workforce development issues were tackled in different cities

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    How workforce training approaches were handled

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    What effect the Jobs Initiative had on local systems change.

Key Takeaway

Investing in continued improvements will take more funding

More funding sources, including public sources, philanthropies and private businesses, need to be willing to invest in the development and dissemination of improved workforce development practices. Unless this occurs, the overall productivity of the workforce development system, and our ability to address the needs of disadvantaged workers, are not likely to improve.

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