March 2007


Volume 4
 Issue 1

In this issue...

 NNSP, National Governors Association, and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce Collaborate

The New Orleans Region after Katrina

LA Recovery Authority Awards $38m to Support Sector Initiatives

A Glimpse at System Change in Flint, Michigan

NNSP Program Updates

Policy Updates

Funding Announcements

Partner Press Announcements

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Sector Initiatives Make Front Page of Washington Post!
Check out the February 25, 2007 article, “Building a Career Path Where there Was Just a Dead End,” on the Washington Post website.

The Knowledge Exchange at
The Knowledge Exchange, part of a joint project of the National Governors Association, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and the National Network of Sector Partners, is a new website designed to provide policymakers and sector leaders with the tools to design and implement sector policy. It is a component of the Accelerating the Adoption of State Sector Strategies project that provides governors and states with learning opportunities to align their workforce, economic and education systems to meet the needs of critical industries. Please go to to visit the Knowledge Exchange.

Learn More About State-level Sector Strategies via Online Workshops!
Starting in late 2006, NNSP began hosting a five-part series of webinars (live, interactive online learning forums) as a part of the Accelerating the Adoption of State Sector Strategies project. The webinars are intended to help a growing network of people interested in sector initiatives learn directly from state sector leaders who have implemented cutting-edge sector policy. Over 80 people from 32 states were in attendance for an interactive discussion during each of the first two webinars, which were held on December 12 and January 18. These sessions focused on “How to Launch a State Sector Strategy” and “State Funding Strategies.”

To sign up for the next webinars or review materials from the first two, please go to Registration is free so spread the word! Dates for the next three webinars will be announced on the website in late February.

Sector Skills Academy
The Sector Skills Academy was initiated in June 2005 by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative, the National Network of Sector Partners, and Public/Private Ventures. The Academy is designed for organizational leaders with direct responsibility and authority to implement a sector strategy. Fellows have represented a variety of organizations including: community- and faith-based organizations, workforce investment boards and economic development organizations, and community colleges. In addition to learning about innovative ideas from creative leaders in today's sectoral development field, participants also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced professionals serving as mentors. The Academy is now recruiting for the 2007 class of fellows. All applications must be received by March 16, 2007. For more information on how to apply please visit the Sector Skills Academy website.

Save the Date:
NNSP’s Biennial Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, November 13-15, 2007. More information will be available soon at