the Road Ahead, focusing on Sector Policy in the South
Increasingly, interest in sector strategies has grown among policy makers in
southern states. Last year, NNSP collaborated with the Southern Growth
Policies Board to host a mini-conference New Orleans, bringing together
policy makers from Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
Serving as a launching pad to engage southern policy makers, the convening
explored how policy can be shaped to align education, workforce, and
economic development agendas within these states. NNSP is currently
exploring how it can support the growth of sector initiatives and the
adoption of sector focused policy among southern states.
Development Trust Fund
Massachusetts is developing policy to implement the state’s new Workforce
Development Trust Fund, which received state funding to support sector
initiatives. Legislation to establish the fund, approved late in the 2006
legislative session, provided $11 million for competitive grants of up to
$500,000 for up to three years. A coalition led by the Massachusetts
Workforce Solutions group advocated for passage of the Workforce Development
Trust Fund as part of a wide-ranging package of legislation that also
provides funding for adult literacy, English as a Second Language, and
incumbent worker training, in addition to other provisions.