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Under One Roof: New Governance Structures for Local Economic and Workforce Development

National Center on Education and the Economy

Across the country, there is a growing interest in aligning economic development and workforce organizations, which is motivated by numerous factors. These factors include increasingly scarce resources, intensifying competition for company attraction and retention. Alignment is seen as one important component to ensuring that political jurisdictions'communities, counties, cities, regions, and even states'are able to design and execute data-driven initiatives and jointly allocate resources to grow the economy using all available tools.

Volume I of this publication is intended to provide insights for local government decision makers considering structural realignments of agencies and organizations.

Volume II (like its predecessor) is intended to provide insights for local government decision-makers considering structural realignments of agencies and organizations. In this case, we profile in detail three jurisdictions: Boston, Phoenix, and St. Lawrence County, New York. They represent a few of the pioneers in the effort to use changes in governance structures and organizations as vehicles to enhance alignment of functions, strategies, and resources. These case studies are intended to provide interesting models for other communities who are considering similar paths.

Under One Roof Volume III is part of the popular series featuring workforce organizations that collaborate to grow their regional economies. While Volumes I and II were intended to provide insight and guidance for structural realignment of agencies and organizations, the purpose of this volume is to identify the tremendous potential that exists when workforce boards engage in partnerships that do not involve organizational restructuring, but instead reflect innovative and mutually beneficial collaborations with organizations that typically do not work with the public workforce system. Such "non-traditional" partnerships include alliances with venture capital firms, national research laboratories, public and private universities, port authorities, manufacturing extension centers, foundations, and utility companies.