Why Workforce Investment Matters to Regions

By the Annie E, Casey Foundation, Collaborative Economics

April 13, 2007

Summary

The Workforce Narrative project, a two-year initiative funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, examined new ways of thinking about workforce development, and the challenges presented by lacking attention from policymakers to this critical system. As part of the project, this report provides historical and economic rationale for increased workforce development investment; as well as possible economic challenges and opportunities for future workforce development.

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

A Region-By-Region Approach to Workforce Investment

The gap between demand for skilled workers by clusters and the available supply can be addressed on a region-by-region approach using a ‘cluster of opportunity’ framework.

Clusters of Opportunity

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations