Communities that Work Partnership
Communities that Work Partnership Overview
The Communities that Work Partnership is an effort to strengthen regional economies by equipping American workers with the skills needed for 21st century jobs and accelerating industry-led workforce development and training efforts.
The Need for Regional Partnerships
In the coming decades, the United States must find innovative and cost-effective ways to ensure that businesses have the skilled workers they need to grow and prosper, and that job-seekers have the education, skills, and industry-recognized credentials they need to participate fully in the economy. Both are essential for ensuring robust economic growth, a thriving middle class, and broadly shared prosperity.
Education, workforce, businesses, and economic development agencies are critical partners in the development, implementation, and funding of systems that support workers and businesses. Varied efforts have been developed to promote promising strategies, including cluster- and sector-based strategies and career pathway strategies. But much still needs to be done to document and scale the most effective approaches.
The Communities that Work Partnership aims to accelerate and document more effective, employer-led regional workforce initiatives across the country. It will do so through a new learning exchange that will focus on building regional partnerships to accelerate talent-based economic development across America.
Seven regional partnerships have been selected to participate in the Communities that Work Partnership based on a competitive application process that required applicants to describe how their work will meet the needs of workers striving for better opportunities in their region. Each partnership/cohort consists of 3-4 individuals from organizations within their regions who are in a position to accelerate change to benefit businesses and workers through industry-led workforce development strategies, one of whom represents the voice of business.
The Communities that Work Partnership is a joint project of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) at the Department of Commerce and the Workforce Strategies Initiative at the Aspen Institute (AspenWSI). AspenWSI has formed a core management team that includes FutureWorks Consulting and national experts in workforce and talent-based economic development. AspenWSI has also secured additional resources to support the Communities that Work Partnership initiative from The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Contact for Questions: Cathy Katona, AspenWSI, at Cathy.Katona@Aspeninst.org