Bridging the Gap Between Workforce Development and Economic Development: Understanding Cluster-based Approaches
Elsie Harper-Anderson, College of Architecture and Urban Planning
CLOSUP Major Projects Program (FY 2006) award.
A disconnect has been noted between workforce development and economic development efforts in the U.S. Previous studies documented collaboration within both fields but a lack thereof across functional lines. Recent economic decline forced local areas to look inward for solutions to strengthening their economies and creating employment. New research suggests that cluster-based strategies provide a vehicle to achieve both ED and WD goalds simultaneously. This study combines survey results with in-depth interviews to gauge the extent of this strategy's use and whether it is serving as a bridge for the two fields. Understanding the potential of this tool could help us connect people to jobs more efficiently.