Communities that Work Partnership
On Monday, April 27th, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson launched the Communities that Work Partnership, a brand new joint project aimed at accelerating industry-led workforce development and training efforts. As part of this initiatives, NCWE will provide consulting services as content area experts.
AspenWSI invites local workforce and economic development leaders to explore this new initiative, and we encourage local regional leadership teams that are engaged in employer-led workforce initiatives to consider submitting a "Request to Participate" application. Later this spring, Aspen Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI), together with FutureWorks and project advisors, will competitively select six teams from different regions to participate. These six regional teams, each comprised of 3-4 senior leaders from different industry, government, education or workforce/economic development organizations, will receive technical assistance and participate in leadership development activities, with the goal of strengthening their ability to accelerate targeted systems changes that are designed to boost skills and economic development in their regions. Leadership teams from those partnerships will begin working together in the summer of 2015 in an intensive and accelerated learning exchange through September of 2016. The participating partnerships will receive strategic and technical assistance from leaders of peer organizations and from national experts in economic, workforce, and talent development. Participating partnerships will gain prominence and visibility for their achievements. They will help catalyze the creation of similar partnerships across the country and raise the bar nationally for workforce and talent development performance and outcomes. While the participating partnerships will not receive direct financial support, their travel costs to attend two national meetings will be covered.