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Sector Strategy Examples and Resources

National Websites – A Knowledge Exchange for Policy and Sector Leaders
This website provides learning tools to design policies that strengthen regional economies through sector strategies. Interactive and comprehensive resources provide policy makers and sector leaders with an opportunity to interact with sector experts, examples of promising practices and access to the latest research and reports.

Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) is a national, non-profit policy organization whose mission is to help communities thrive in a knowledge and skill-based economy.

National Network of Sector Partners - A project of the National Economic Development and Law Center
The mission of the National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) is to encourage the use and effectiveness of sector initiatives as valuable tools for enhancing employment and economic development opportunities for low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Sector Skills Academy – The Aspen Institute
To stimulate and strengthen growth in sectoral employment development, three organizations with deep roots in this field – The Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative, the National Network of Sector Partners, and Public/Private Ventures – have created the Sector Skills Academy, a unique leadership institute that emphasizes a collegial environment, peer exchange, skills acquisition and professional growth.

Workforce Strategies Initiative – The Aspen Institute
A project of the Aspen Institute, the Workforce Strategies Initiative (WSI) develops projects designed to evaluate and advance industry-specific approaches to workforce development. The WSI website contains extensive information on the Sectoral Employment Development Learning Project (SEDLP), a 4½-year, intensive learning evaluation of the outcomes, strategies and industry relationships of six leading sectoral programs. The evaluation offers insights to both practitioners and policy makers regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the sectoral strategy. WSI’s newest evaluation efforts focus on measuring the impact of sector strategies on employers and industry through their Business Value Assessment toolkit.

Public/Private Ventures
Public/Private Ventures is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults. In carrying out this mission, P/PV works with philanthropies, the public and business sectors, and nonprofit organizations.

Win-Win Partners
Win-Win Partners are companies and organizations achieving competitive advantage through community investment and national organizations that assist companies with successful execution of these strategies by providing them with valuable services such as research and market data, brokering, and networking opportunities with other executives. The Win-Win Partners project is an outgrowth of the Ford Foundation Corporate Involvement Initiative.


Case Studies, Evaluations, and Issue Briefs

State Sector Strategies: Regional Solutions to Worker and Employer Needs National Governors Association, November 2006.

Targeting Industries,Training Workers and Improving Opportunities: The Final Report from the Sectoral Employment Initiative  Anne Roder, Carol Clymer, Laura Wyckoff. Public/Private Ventures. 2009.

Career Pathways: Aligning Public Resources to Support Individual and Regional Economic Advancement in the Knowledge Economy Davis Jenkins. Workforce Strategy Center. August 2006.

Jobs and the Urban Poor: Privately Initiated Sectoral Strategies Clark, Peggy and Steven L. Dawson. The Aspen Institute. November 1995.

Sectoral Strategies for Low Income Workers: Lessons from the Field Conway, M., Blair, A., Dawson, S, Dworak-Munoz, L., The Aspen Institute. October 2007.

Asian Neighborhood Design: A Case Study of a Sectoral Employment Development Approach Conway, Maureen and Marshall Bear. The Aspen Institute. June 2000.

Garment Industry Development Corporation: A Case Study of a Sectoral Employment Development Approach Conway, Maureen and Suzanne Loker. The Aspen Institute. November 1999.

Wising Up: How Government Can Partner with Business to Increase Skills and Advance Low-Wage Workers. Duke, Amy-Ellen, Karin Martinson, and Julie Strawn. Center for Law and Social Policy. April 2006.

Labor Market Leverage: Sectoral Employment Field Report Elliott, Mark and Elisabeth King. Public/Private Ventures. Winter 1999.

Jane Addams Resource Corp: A Case Study of a Sectoral Employment Development Approach Glasmeier, Amy K., Candace Nelson, and Jeffery W. Thompson. The Aspen Institute. December 2000.

Cooperative Home Care Associates: A Case Study of a Sectoral Employment Development Approach Inserra, Anne, Maureen Conway, and John Rodat. The Aspen Institute. February 2002.

Working with Value: Industry-Specific Approaches to Workforce Development, A Synthesis of Findings Rademacher, Ida, ed. The Aspen Institute. February 2002.

Project QUEST: A Case Study of a Sectoral Employment Development Approach Rademacher, Ida, Marshall Bear, and Maureen Conway. The Aspen Institute. August 2001.

“Benefits of a Sector-Based Approach,” Research and Evaluation Brief, vol 2 no 3 Schwartz, Sunny and Johan Uvin. Commonwealth Corporation. August 2004.

Evaluation of the Wellspring Model for Improving Nursing Home Quality Stone, Robyn I. et al. Institute for the Future of Aging Services, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. August 2002.

Focus: HOPE - A Case Study of a Sectoral Employment Development Approach Thompson, Jeffrey W., Susan Turner-Meikeljohn, and Maureen Conway. The Aspen Institute. December 2000.

Sector Employment Strategies in Central Indiana: A Prospectus Weinschrott, David J. Hudson Institute. May 2003.


State Websites

These websites from states with active sector strategies contain a wealth of tools and resources, such as model RFPs, guidebooks, and partnership examples.

Colorado: SECTORS

Georgia: Work Ready Regions

Illinois: Critical Skill Shortage Initiative (Southern Economic Development Region)

Massachusetts: Commonwealth Corporation Sector Strategy overview

Michigan: Regional Skills Alliances

Framework for Integrated Regional Strategies (FIRST) Grants

Sector Workshop Materials

North Carolina: Allied Health Regional Skills Partnerships

Oklahoma: Industry Sector Strategies Institute

Industry Partnership Guidelines
Incumbent Worker Training Guidelines

Industry Skill Panels
High Skill, High Wages Strategic Fund

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Sector Strategies Initiative