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1 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center The State of Sector Policy What States Have Achieved and Learned Webinar Monday, July 23, :30 – 3:00 pm Eastern 10: :00 am Pacific

2 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Today’s Agenda Using Sector Strategies as a Policy Lever and Not Just a Program Presenter: Martin Simon, NGA Respondent:Jack Litzenberg, Mott Foundation Optimizing Use of Funding for Sector Initiatives Presenter:Jack Mills, NNSP Respondent:Maureen Conway, Aspen Institute Aligning State Sector Strategies with Regional Development Strategies Presenter:Larry Good, CSW Respondent:Gay Gilbert, U.S. Department of Labor

3 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Webinar Overview & Instructions Hosted by NNSP and the Project Partnership Conference call line –You are all muted to keep the ambient noise to a minimum. Presenters and respondents are not muted. –If cut off, click Info tab at the top of your screen and use the call, session, and attendee info there Technology problems or questions – –Please call WebEx at , and enter the “session number” which is Questions/Comments on presentations: –Type your question using Q&A function and select “All Panelists”. We will then un-mute you so that you can ask your question, then re-mute you –If you did not log-on in the right sequence (i.e. computer then telephone), we will not be able to see your name when you type a question, thus if you submit a question it will be read aloud by the moderator or technical staff

4 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Characteristics of Sector Initiatives Address the needs of employers by focusing intensively on the workforce needs of a specific industry sector over a sustained period of period, often concentrating on a specific occupation or set of occupations within that industry; Address the needs of workers by creating formal career paths to good jobs, reducing barriers to employment, and sustaining or increasing middle class jobs; Bolster regional economic competitiveness by engaging economic development experts in workforce issues and aligning education, economic, and workforce development planning; Engage a broader array of key stakeholders through partnerships organized by workforce intermediaries; and Promote systemic change that achieves ongoing benefits for the industry, workers, and community.

5 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Sector Strategies Strengthen the Way States Think and Act On… Competitiveness and innovation of industries and workers Advancement of low-income workers and sustainability and growth of middle-class jobs Leveraging and aligning resources and strategies

6 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center About Our Project Accelerating State Adoption of Sector Strategies Partnership between National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, National Network of Sector Partners, and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce Roundtable for States in early 2006 (75 participants from 33 states) Three tracks: –Learning Network of 6 states: AR, IL, MA, MI, PA, and WA –Policy Academy of 5 states: GA, MN, NC, OK, OR –Knowledge Exchange: Webinar series, sectorstrategies.org, Issue Brief at Funded by Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Ford Foundation

7 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Using Sector Strategies as a Policy Lever Not Just a Program Presenter: Martin Simon, NGA Respondent: Jack Litzenberg, Mott Foundation

8 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Getting to Scale – Policy Challenges Changing the focus from a single business to an industry Balancing state and regional decision making roles Moving from pilots and programs to scale Developing sustainable funding policies Aligning key stakeholder missions, priorities, and resources

9 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Building a Policy Framework Optimize Gubernatorial leadership Share information and information systems to identify regional assets, gaps, and challenges Coordinate action to address cross-system challenges Align investments strategically across programs/systems to sustain efforts Integrate performance information systems to evaluate results

10 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Showing Results – An Evaluation Framework Measuring Impact on Workers Measuring Value to Employers Measuring Quality and Effectiveness of Partnerships Measuring System Change Measuring Benefits to the Community

11 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Optimizing Use of Funding for Sector Initiatives Presenter: Jack Mills, NNSP Respondent: Maureen Conway, Aspen Institute

12 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Developing, Operating, and Sustaining Sector Initiatives Strategy: Competitive grants that leverage funding from other sources Multi-year funding Uses: –Research, partner involvement, and design –Services to industry and workers –Systems change Example: Pennsylvania

13 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Using Sector Initiatives to Inform Policy Development Strategy: Target an industry –Fund development/implementation of regional sector initiatives to inform development of state strategy –Use stakeholder perspectives –Change policy and funding to support sector initiatives in multiple industries Example: North Carolina

14 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Institutionalizing a State Sector Strategy Strategy: develop shared mission Build interagency approach to coordinate financing and capacity –Target industry and worker needs – especially to support economic development and increase low- wage/low skill workers’ incomes –Redeploy skill development resources and augment them; also other resources Example: Washington

15 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Aligning State Sector Strategies with Regional Development Strategies Presenter: Larry Good, CSW Respondent: Gay Gilbert, U.S. DOL

16 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Why Regions are Important Economic and workforce activity is localized Artificial boundaries are not important to employers, workers, and job seekers Laboratories for innovation and transformation Examples of State - Regional Activity

17 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center Why State Sector Strategies Go Regional Easier for: Alignment of Resources and Strategies Market Segmentation Market Penetration Rural and Urban Strategies Innovation Re-Imagining People, Firms, and Communities Examples of State-Regional Activity

18 A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center How Sectors Align with Other Regional Strategies WIRED Clusters and Sectors Workforce Development and…. –Economic Development –Community Development –Education and Training at all levels –Human Services Examples of State-Regional Activity


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