While local areas are charged with implementing sector partnerships around their regional economies to meet their local labor needs, the role of the states are very different. A state’s role in a sector strategy is to create the conditions under which the local sector partnerships can flourish.
The resources listed below, provide information for states looking to create an atmosphere for local sector partnerships to thrive.
- State Support for Sector Partnerships: A Guide for Action: While no two states’ approaches for supporting sector partnerships will look the same, there exist a set of core “capabilities” that states need to play a meaningful role in their success and long-term sustainability.
- State level self-assessment: States developing and participating in a sector strategy should take this self-assessment to help determine where you have made the most progress in that strategy, but also what areas may be improved.
- State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers: Offers an overall snapshot of sector strategies, including a model for building industry partnerships and the kinds of benefits for businesses, workers and the workforce system that are inherent within sector-based programs.
- State Funding and Sustainability for Sector Strategies: Brief focusing on successful sector strategies in two states/regions that highlights how the state/regions have funded their strategies and ensured sustainability.