Working Paper State Workforce and Economic Development
Opportunities for Collaboration
Lauren Eyster, Amanda Briggs
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State workforce and economic development interests naturally align. However, state-level collaboration between economic development and workforce development agencies and activities is not well understood. This paper explores opportunities for collaboration between state workforce and economic development, based on a review of the literature and interviews with state and local practitioners. It finds that there are many examples of state-level collaboration that support workforce and economic development goals and involve key stakeholders and relevant state agencies. Lessons from these examples can inform states’ implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) and other workforce and economic development initiatives.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Education Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Taxes and budgets Workforce State and local finance
Tags Higher education Workforce development Apprenticeships Labor force Job training State and local tax issues Beyond high school: education and training Community and economic development
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center Income and Benefits Policy Center