Coming Together in Tough Economic Times: Workforce Development and Economic Development Move Closer Together in Michigan

January 2008
Elsie Harper-Anderson

Based on two recent studies of the Michigan and national workforce development systems, this report examines how Michigan’s local workforce agencies are coping with the state’s recent economic decline, and how their relationships with economic development agencies are evolving to meet new demands. While the two functions have historically been discrete and disconnected, this research finds growing connectivity between workforce and economic development efforts in response to Michigan’s dramatic economic challenges.