If 88 percent of Americans believe that education and training resources should be available to the jobless and more than two-thirds of employers have identified workforce and skills shortages as top priorities, why aren't we, as a society, able to provide that training in such a way that it leads to long-term economic security? This book looks at the politics of local and regional workforce development: the ways politicians and others concerned with the workforce systems have helped or hindered that process.The contributors examine the current systems that are in place in these cities and the potential for systemic reform through case studies of Denver, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Seattle. It is published in association with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Robert P. Giloth, Ph.D. is Director of the Family Economic Success area of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in December 1994, he managed community development corporations in Baltimore and Chicago and was Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development under Mayor Harold Washington.
1. The "Local" in Workforce Development Politics: An Introduction Robert P. Giloth 2. The Politics of Workforce Development: Constructing a Performance Regime in Denver Susan E. Clarke 3. Ecologies of Workforce Development in Milwaukee Archon Fung and Scott Zdrazil 4. Workforce Systems Change in a Politically Fragmented Environment David W. Bartelt 5. Workforce Systems Change in Seattle Steven Rathgeb Smith and Susan Davis 6. Workforce Development Policy in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region: A Critical Overview and Assessment Scott Cummings, Robert Flack, and Allan Tomey 7. Comparative Local Workforce Politics in Six Cities: Theory and Action Robert P. Giloth 8. Poverty and the Workforce Challenge Clarence Stone and Donn Worgs