The Communities that Work Partnership: BNP’s role

Have you heard about the Communities that Work Partnership?

Through a nationally competitive review process, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership was chosen as one of seven organizations to participate in a new joint project of the Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) of the Aspen Institute and the Economic Development Administration of the US Department of Commerce.

The Communities that Work Partnership (CTW Partnership) is an effort to strengthen regional economies; it will aim to equip American workers with the skills needed for 21st century jobs and accelerate industry-led workforce development and training efforts.

Aspen InstituteThe Buffalo Niagara Partnership is utilizing the principles of collective impact in order to develop a multi-year, multi-sector approach that knits together solutions for workforce and economic development in the region.

Our role in the CTW Partnership will focus on how employers and educators can better respond to industry demands and build access for minority populations with lower educational attainment in the region.

The regional site team, led by Laura Smith (our Vice President, of Economic Development,) will include the Commissioner of Erie County (Maria Whyte,) and the Regional Director at National Grid, Dennis Elsenbeck. The team will lead job-driven talent development strategies in Buffalo Niagara with support from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

The seven regional site teams will begin a 15-month, intensive accelerated learning exchange designed around each region’s pursuit of job-driven talent development strategies to promote economic growth.

The CTW Partnership will produce a number of publications outlining systems-change progress and lessons learned among the seven regional site teams.

The publications, which will be disseminated nationally in the fall of 2016, will describe how networks of local leaders can find new ways to work across traditional silos in order to build more effective regional workforce initiatives, and begin to influence similar strategies in other communities across America.

We are excited to be a part of this program and to have the opportunity to share our work with the community, as workforce development is a top priority of the Partnership.

To learn more about the CTW Partnership or our workforce development initiatives, email me.