To better gauge the current state of the workforce in America’s cities and to better understand how local governments are responding, the National League of Cities included a special section on workforce development in the 2010 State of America’s Cities Survey.
"There is little doubt that future economic competitiveness of cities and the country as a whole will be tied to the ability to train and retrain workers with the skills needed in the 21st century. The results of this survey present signs that although there is still work to do, cities are becoming more engaged in this policy area. It is important to continue to study and understand how cities and other workforce stakeholders come together on these issues and find ways to encourage cooperation and joint leveraging of resources towards the common goal of building a strong workforce" (p.2) (Abstractor: Author)