Presents nine strategies to promote economic development and workforce advancement based on the experiences of seven regional groups—composed of private industry, government, and community-based organizations—in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, New York, and Texas.

“Seven regional teams were selected competitively in July 2015 to participate in Communities that Work Partnership [CTWP] peer learning and leadership development work facilitated by the Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative [AspenWSI] and FutureWorks….The partners are collaborating to advance a range of different industry-led workforce development strategies, leveraging resources available through their existing funding and, in some cases, business in-kind or financial contributions. AspenWSI and FutureWorks documented their efforts in order to accelerate learning in the field that has the potential to inform public and private investments in talent development and public policy that supports promising approaches” (p.4).

“Leaders of seven regional partnerships — in Buffalo, New York; Phoenix, Arizona; Houston, Texas; the San Francisco Bay area in California; northwest Georgia; New York City; and Washington, DC — explored strategies aimed at developing the local workforce for different industries and occupations….In addition, the regional partnerships invited AspenWSI and FutureWorks researchers to learn along with them, provide a sounding board for identifying and exploring actions to address challenges, and document their efforts” (p.5).

“AspenWSI and FutureWorks researchers convened two learning meetings, at which representatives from the seven partnerships shared information about their work. Researchers also conducted site visits and telephone interviews to learn firsthand about work on the ground and to engage a wider range of informants and constituents” (p.8).

“This playbook compiles distinct strategies, or plays, based on the experiences of seven regional teams working to align and advance their economic development and workforce development efforts as part of the [CTWP]….[T]he work of these partnerships highlights the specific details and challenges that must be dealt with locally to create the conditions to move ahead.

The work of these partnerships does not address every issue or challenge that will arise in building successful workforce development and economic development partnerships, but rather offers experiences that can be built on as the work moves forward and continues to respond to a changing economic and social landscape” (p.48).

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