MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear NNSP Affiliates and Supporters,
Welcome to the first issue of Partner Press in 2007. This issue will fill
you in on recent and exciting advances for sector initiatives.
Here are some highlights in this issue:
State policy support for sector is expanding
rapidly. Learn about NNSP’s work to increase state policy support for
sector initiatives with the Accelerating State Adoption of Sector
The sector approach is being used in workforce
and economic development efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans and the
surrounding region. This issue covers work that has gone forward to
develop sector initiatives and to gain significant state funding.
The Funding Announcements section provides
information on four potential sources of funding for sector initiatives.
Applications for the third class of the
Sector Skills Academy has begun, and applications will be accepted through
March 16, 2007. To find out more, see the Announcements section. To
download an application, go to
announcing the 2007 NNSP Conference. Save
the date! November 13-15 in Denver!
Other topics in this issue include California’s
increased support for regional workforce funding collaboratives and NNSP’s
role, a healthcare CEO’s perspective on changing industry and workforce
development systems, sector training for community colleges, and NNSP’s
strategic venture grants.
The work this issue of Partner Press describes would not have been possible
without the generous financial support NNSP has received. NNSP thanks the
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Annie E. Casey
Foundation, the California Endowment, the States of California, Louisiana,
and Minnesota, the Aspen Institute, the Bay Area Workforce Funding
Collaborative, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Greater New Orleans,
Inc., and Jobs for the Future for the funding they have provided.
I’d also like to introduce you to additional National Economic Development
and Law Center staff members who join Dexter Ligot-Gordon and me to work on
NNSP projects, including two who were recently hired (Serena Unger and Ravi
Mangat) and two long-time colleagues. Among other projects, Serena is
leading our work on membership recruitment and engagement, and has joined
project teams working on state policy and community college support of
sector initiatives. Ravi is analyzing the sector field and developing
informative reports that describe the state of sector initiatives
nationwide. In addition, Gabrielle Lessard and Liz Roth have joined a
project team working on expansion of regional workforce funding
Finally, congratulations to Amy Wallace, who had done so much for NNSP over
the years. She has recently joined the Mayor’s Office of Economic and
Workforce Development in San Francisco, as a Workforce Development Manager
specializing in sector initiatives.
All the best, and we look forward to working with you during 2007.
p.s. Reminder, to access the NNSP affiliate-only sections of the website, use the password “oakland.”
National Governors Association, and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Collaborate to Expand State Sector Strategies
For the past two years, NNSP has partnered with the National
Governors Association and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce on the
groundbreaking “Accelerating the Adoption of State Sector Strategies”
project. The project brings together teams that include state policy makers
and leaders of sector initiatives. It has three tracks that support their
efforts to scale up sector strategies —the Learning Network, Policy Academy,
and the Knowledge Exchange—for advanced, emerging, and new state sector
strategies. ...please click here for full article.
The New Orleans Region
after Katrina, a Perspective by
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita exacerbated and exposed the entrenched poverty
and social isolation that touched New Orleans long before the hurricanes
touched shore. The hope is that this devastation will become a catalyst for a
In 2006, my colleague at NEDLC, Susie Suafai, and I spent time in New Orleans
to hold focus groups with local residents and employers. ...please click here for full article.
LA Recovery Authority Awards $38m to Support Sector Initiatives
In December 2006 the Louisiana Recovery Authority awarded $38 million in
grants to support sector initiatives in hurricane-affected regions of
Louisiana. As a part of that award, the New Orleans region received funding
for advanced manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and other sector
initiatives, including one with which NNSP worked extensively. ...please click here for full article.
A Glimpse at System Change in the Flint Healthcare
Employment Opportunities Sector Initiative
An Interview with Norma Hagenow by Serena Unger
The Flint Healthcare Employment Opportunities (FHEO) Sector Initiative began
in 2002 as a project of the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) in
collaboration with over 20 local partners. FHEO works with healthcare
employers to make entry-level positions a stepping stone to a better life
for Flint’s low income, and primarily African-American residents. FHEO works
with residents to improve employability and occupational skills, and works
with employers to restructure hiring, retention and promotional practices to
help reduce turn-over and meet hiring needs. With GFHC managing the
initative, all industry, educational, and community-based partners
collaborate on planning, implementation, and management. As an industry-led
initiative, three major employer partners, Genesys Health Systems and
McLaren and Hurley Regional Medical Centers, have the primary role of
defining training needs.
Norma Hagenow is Chief Executive Officer of Genesys Health Systems, a
regionally integrated health care delivery system comprised of a complete
continuum of care with operating revenues of over 410 million. As Chair of
the FHEO Implementation Committee (which also serves as FHEO’s board of
directors), Norma has been a key player in promoting the project among other
local employers and has shown how important employer buy-in and employer
engagement is in turning out what she calls “win-win-win” outcomes for a
sector initiative. ...please click here for full
Sector Initiatives Make Front Page of
Check it out the February 26, 2006 article, "Building
a Career Path Where There Was Just a Dead End," on the Washington Post
The Knowledge Exchange at SectorStrategies.org
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 www.sectorstrategies.org 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.”
up for the next webinars or review materials from the first two, please go
Registration is free so spread the word! Dates for the next three
webinars will be announced on the website in March.
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
Skills Academy website.