Locally Grown

Sheila Maguire
November 1, 2006

This report profiles three workforce organizations across the country—in Colorado, Georgia and New York—and explores the strategies they used to grow their programs locally. The report examines the dilemmas workforce organizations frequently face in meeting not only the needs of their dual customers—job seekers and employers—but also the needs of a third customer, the public funding agency that is often paying the bill. Along with a look at how these organizations created environments that supported staff in their work, the report also considers the ways a vision and commitment to the workforce field—beyond the interests of the organization—contributed to their success.