Workforce and economic development initiatives and strategies vary in scope and depth and are often initiated to address current employer or worker needs. The following resources explore initiatives in Los Angeles, New York City, and Detroit aimed at improving the local economic conditions and employment outcomes and relate to creating career pathways, understanding issues of domestic workers and their employers, and measuring the impact of grants to stimulate regional economies.

Reengaging Dropouts: Lessons from the Implementation of the Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA) Program. 2015. This report covers the implementation of LARCA, a program managed and funded by the Economic & Workforce Development Department of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board with the goal of “address[ing] the needs of over 1,000 dropout youth by providing participants with access to education and employment programs using a career pathways model, alongside case management services and other supports.”

New York City: Partnering to Improve Domestic Workers’ Job Quality. 2016. This brief reviews policy strategies that align with the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, provides findings from surveys of domestic workers and employers, and outlines areas for further research and potential policy strategies. Specifically, “[the brief] describes a range of issues that the New York City Communities Work Partnership (CTWP) is exploring as it considers how workforce development strategies can be developed to support nannies and their employers toward greater clarity on employer and worker responsibilities, improvements in job quality, and improvements in the quality of child care delivered.”  

The Employment Impact of the New Economy Initiative (NEI) on the Detroit Region and the State of Michigan. 2016. This report examines the employment effect of grants disbursed in the Detroit area as part of the New Economy Initiative’s (NEI) mission to spur economic development in Southeast Michigan.  NEI “supported, through its own grant-making and partnerships with other resources, more than 1,600 companies in the greater Detroit area, giving out 215 grants totaling more than $93 million.” The analysis estimated the number of jobs created—both directly by the organizations supported by NEI and indirectly by the impact those jobs have in creating additional jobs across the region.