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.
Workforce Development for Economic Competiveness
City leaders acknowledge that their cities' future economic competiveness and long term success is directly tied to the quality and skills of its workforce. This municipal action guide provides city leaders with strategies to strengthen their role in workforce development, including identifying stakeholders, building connections with economic development, and city examples.
Matching Skills to Business Needs: Connecting Workforce and Economic Development
Cities strive to align workforce development and economic development efforts to better meet the needs of both businesses and people looking for jobs. This webinar includes examples of successful city and regional programs that have aligned workforce and economic development.
State of America's Cities: Special Section on Workforce Development
The special section of the annual State of America's Cities focuses on city workforce development activities, explaining that cities are becoming more involved in workforce development. However, there appears to be some potential governance and partnership challenges between the workforce investment boards and city governments.
Municipal Leadership for Postsecondary Success: Getting Started
This municipal action guide highlights steps that city leaders can take to increase the proportion of residents in their communities who obtain postsecondary degrees and credentials.
Using and Sharing Data to Improve Postsecondary Success
This municipal action guide highlights action steps that municipal leaders can take to understand college access and success rates in their cities, including where students exit the educational pipeline and what factors appear to affect student outcomes.
Mayoral Leadership for Postsecondary Success and Career Readiness
With support from Lumina Foundation, NLC commissioned this analysis by Professor Kenneth K. Wong of Brown University of the role that mayors are playing to support college access and completion in their cities.
Conducting a Scan of Local Efforts to Promote Postsecondary Success
This guide provides an in-depth look at the important information gathering work that must precede a comprehensive postsecondary success initiative. City leaders can conduct a scan of local postsecondary success efforts to understand what supports are available to students across the educational pipeline.
Setting the Stage for New High Schools: Municipal Leadership in Supporting High School Alternativ
This report outlines seven key policy conditions that facilitate the expansion of alternatives and options for dropouts and other students who struggle in traditional high school settings, as well as promising collaborations among mayors, school district officials, and alternative high schools program innovators. The report showcases municipal leadership in Atlanta, Boston, Corpus Christi, Hartford, Phoenix, San Jose, and Seattle, and includes examples of alternative high schools that use dual enrollment and other strategies to expand college access.