Workforce Development

A skilled, educated workforce is an essential component of a strong and growing local economy. NLC helps city leaders support workforce development by connecting economic development efforts with workforce development, working with the business community to identify talent needs, and convening stakeholders to align disparate activities toward a common goal.

    When it Comes to the Skills Gap, Perception Matters
    A skills gap is but one of a host of challenges undergirding potential structural issues in the labor and jobs markets. Regardless, local officials, apparently nearly 90 percent of them, have been confronted with the reality of businesses telling them that they cannot find qualified workers. 

    Do Your Businesses Have the Talent They Need to Succeed?
    This concept of workforce as an economic development strategy has its grounding in very practical business retention, expansion and attraction goals.

    Why We Should Care about Public Sector Job Loss
    The underlying fiscal factors driving government job loss and the implications on the much lamented mid-wage/skills gap should give us all pause.

    Untangling the Skills Mismatch Debate: Implications for Local Economic Development
    The paradox of persistent unemployment and unfilled jobs has many analysts pointing to a  skills mismatch in the economy.  This widely accepted hypothesis has come under fire recently, with implications for local and regional economic development.

    Why the Workforce Act Matters

    Why the Workforce Act Matters — Part I
    Explores the foundation of the program, which is commonly referred to as the local public-private partnership (which includes local business leaders and local city and county elected officials), the one-stop system, and how these translate programmatically at the local level.

    Why the Workforce Investment Act Matters — Part II
    Explores how and why job training services are offered and what role the local workforce investment boards and city and county elected officials play in the development and implementation of these services.

    Why the Workforce Investment Act Matters — Part III
    Explores how the locally-based job training programs have translated into real world outcomes that have benefited unemployed, underemployed and economically disadvantaged adults and youth throughout the United States.

    NLC Survey Provides Insight on City Workforce Development Activities
    The State of America's Cities: Special Section on Workforce Development finds that cities are engaging in workforce development activities by partnering with chambers of commerce and local businesses.  The findings of the annual survey are explained in this Nation's Cities Weekly article.

    Cities Provide Services to Young Professionals for Economic Development
    Providing professional, social and community networks to encourage young, skilled workers to remain in their communities are becoming a focus of cities.  This Nation's Cities Weekly article highlights efforts to  offer entry- and mid-level careerists services, job search assistance, volunteer opportunities, and social networking among peers and businesses from the area.