State of America’s Cities: Special Section on Workforce Development
Author(s): McConnell, Kathleen
Organizational Author(s): National League of Cities
National League of Cities
Resource Availability: Publicly available
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)
Major Findings & Recommendations
• "Nearly one in three (31%) report that their city’s involvement in workforce development has increased.
• The stakeholders that cities most often collaborate with on workforce development activities are chambers of commerce (68%), community colleges (56%) and local businesses (55%). Social Service Agencies (29%), Workforce Investment Board/One-Stop Career Center (24%) and Unemployment Systems (16%) are the least reported collaboration stakeholders.
• The survey results highlight some potential governance and partnership issues between the workforce investment board (WIB) system and city government.
• Cities are engaging in workforce development in ways that are consistent with this understanding by communicating with local businesses about workforce needs (51%) and partnering with chambers of commerce (68%) and local businesses (55%) for workforce development goals.
• Only one in three city officials (36%) responded that their cities connect economic development and workforce development efforts" (p.1-2). (Abstractor: Author)