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Introducing the Smart Growth Cities tool
Brookings 2022.11.03 원문보기
Economic and workforce development are two of the leading priorities for policymakers at the local level, but they are notoriously difficult to get right. The cities and regions that do find success in generating both economic growth and an upwardly mobile workforce typically achieve this success by building on their local capabilities. These capabilities may include a specialized workforce, unique geographic amenities, legacy industries that serve as the foundation for new business attraction, or other local advantages. But in practice, identifying the capabilities that should be targeted as building blocks for local growth can be a challenge, as can understanding the trade-offs that arise when prioritizing certain choices over others.

The Workforce of the Future initiative’s new Smart Growth Cities tool tackles these challenges via an interactive guide for economic and workforce planning at the U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and Economic Development District (EDD) levels. The tool first uncovers the industry strategies that are most feasible for each of these areas; in other words, the strategies that best leverage an area’s underlying capabilities. Next, the tool allows planners to explore the trade-offs that are implied by each industry strategy in terms of economic growth, good job creation, and equitable job creation. And finally, a workforce plan for meeting the strategy is presented. The resulting industry and workforce plans can then be saved and shared with colleagues.
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