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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) California
Source UCLA Labor Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice
The traditional public workforce development system has struggled to serve California's most marginalized workers. Worker centers, community-based organizations created by and for BIPOC and immigrant workers in low-wage industries, provide an alternative approach to workforce development...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source GovPilot
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
This guide outlines employee retention strategies and highlights best practices for preventing turnover in local government positions. It recommends utilizing federal infrastructure grant funding to provide retention incentives, fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Florida
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Qualified teachers are the foundation of high-quality early care and education (ECE). However, inadequate compensation and subpar working conditions for ECE workers threatens the quality of programs by leading to high levels of turnover. This report urges policymakers to invest in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing
The Amani Housing Pilot aims to take a comprehensive and community-engaged approach to improve housing on one block in Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood. This report outlines the pilot's objectives, funding mechanisms, and partnerships; analyzes where the project has met its objectives...

Type Article
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source NeoGov
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Government employers must pursue innovative hiring strategies to outcompete private sector entities for talented candidates. This guide outlines best practices for recruiting and sourcing candidates, and recommends emphasizing career development opportunities, improving employer branding...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source CLASP
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), local governments can leverage training funds to improve job quality. This guide recommends using WIOA plans to offer employment incentives including higher wages, paid leave, reliable and flexible schedules, and career...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source BlueGreen Alliance
Policy Areas Energy
The policies that specifically target the advancement of clean energy manufacturing are scarce. The BlueGreen Alliance recommends Ohio to focus on bolstering clean energy policies with programs exclusive to clean energy manufacturing. Simultaneously, It recommends expansion of tax...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report highlights policy mechanisms that state and local governments can use to raise wages at an industry or sectoral level and to support worker organizations. Recommendations include, but are not limited to, using wage boards to establish industry-wide pay standards, partnering...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Successful workforce training programs build worker power by both imparting new skills and reducing obstacles to finding new jobs or maintaining existing ones. This guide provides an overview of existing workforce training nonprofits and outlines best practices for developing workforce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Welcoming America
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Education
This resource provides five policy recommendations to improve equitable access to career pathway programs. Recommendations are given at the local, state, and federal levels. They include, but are not limited to, the following: expanding eligibility requirements for career pathway...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City of Saint Paul
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
One in five City of Saint Paul (City) residents speaks a language other than English in their homes. This means that increasingly City employees are providing services to individuals who may be limited English proficient (LEP). This Limited English Proficiency Plan outlines and describes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source GovPilot
Policy Areas -
This guide outlines employee retention strategies and highlights best practices for preventing turnover in local government positions. It recommends utilizing federal infrastructure grant funding to provide retention incentives, fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Economic Justice
Large numbers of workers will be displaced by automation. To minimize the suffering associated with displacement, cities can equip workers with skill sets that will be in-demand in the future and enhance individuals' ability to work in jobs with low probabilities of being automated....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Traditionally, employers, workers and students have used academic degrees and diplomas as a proxy for the skills and knowledge needed to perform on the job. There is growing interest in the use of competency-based credentials to complement this approach; however, the current “market”...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This paper offers background on the development of Los Angeles's Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPCT) program, and highlights the features of the program that make it a best practice model for workforce training for entry-level workers. First, it provides an overview of the statewide...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
The Midwest accounts for nearly one-fourth of all industrial energy usage in the U.S., including nearly half of all industrial coal consumption; however, only 10 percent of Midwestern industrial facilities are upgrading their equipment to improve productivity. In 2011 the Midwestern...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Maryland
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Maryland is taking bold steps to increase the number of workers who possess a post-secondary education credential. In particular, Skills2Compete Maryland (S2C Maryland) is a campaign aimed at increasing post-secondary success to strengthen the skills of Maryland’s workforce. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Business and education communities share an understanding of the type, level, and quantity of skills and credentials needed by the workforce. However, community colleges often struggle to engage employers effectively. This report outlines strategies community colleges can take to...

Type Roadmap
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health, Public Safety
ProGov21's updated Job Quality Roadmap provides information and resources that enable the creation of safe and equitable working conditions for all workers. Presently, American jobs offer low pay, unpredictable hours, and little stability, while workers in these jobs suffer from dangerous...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year -
Level City or Town, County, National, State
State(s) All States, Wisconsin
Source -
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
Traditional workforce development programs often prioritize eliminating first-level barriers to employment such as childcare, partner with employers that do not invest in employee training or lasting job creation, and fail to meet the demand for skilled labor in the broader economy....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Texas
Source North Central Texas Council of Governments
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report outlines proposed interagency collaborations addressing climate change mitigation development, public safety, and transits. Programs include sustainable watershed management efforts, improving the regional 9-11 system, and coordinating transit services for seniors, disabled...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Education
Nearly half of working age Detroiters do not have the essential foundational skills necessary to get a job or succeed in a career. At the same time, the need for strong foundational skills is growing. Detroit’s emerging economic comeback means that the number of jobs is growing, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of America's population, though many lack the necessary skills and education to meet the demands of industry and earn family sustaining wages. This report provides recommendations that can be taken in order to bridge the skills gap. These recommendations...

Type Article
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source GovPilot
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
Local government leaders should consider how technological upgrades in the workplace can make public sector positions more appealing for a younger generation of workers. This guide identifies major challenges currently facing public sector recruiting and highlights effective approaches...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Texas
Source Texas A&M
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines different regional traffic signal operations programs (RTSOPs) which coordinate signal times, increase access to regional improvement funding and provide training and workforce opportunities. These programs can also reduce travel times and delays, provide a mechanism...

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