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Welcome to START Toolkit

Dear START Users:

Welcome to a step-by-step guide to setting up a sector partnership (a regional, industry-driven partnership of education, workforce development, economic development and other stakeholders) to address skills needs of critical industries in your region.

The START (Sector Targeting to Advance Regional Transformation) toolkit is organized into 12 Chapters that walk you and your partners through planning, implementation and on-going improvement of your initiative. The order of the modules follows the life cycle of a typical sector partnership, so if you are new to sector partnerships, you can start at the beginning and work though each module one by one. If you are looking for a particular kind of information, you can "hop" in and out of the content using the table of contents to the left. You can also do a keyword search using the box in the upper right corner.

Each module is divided into several narrative sections that provide useful information on the whys and hows of growing a sector partnership, garnered from our extensive work with states and local areas. Where we reference topics that are described elsewhere in the toolkit, links in each section will take you back and forth to those sections. Most links, however, lead to the "tools" part of the toolkit. We are excited to bring you real tools from existing sector partnerships across the nation. You will find examples of actual agendas, power points, data analyses, marketing strategies, evaluation dashboards, and other tools used by partnerships in many different industries. These tools are available for you to edit and adapt for your partnership, or simply to be inspired by.