Topics Of Interest
HUD Announces Funding Opportunity under “Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Program”
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities represents a cross-agency collaboration between HUD, EPA, and the Department of Transportation.
HUD has released a notice of a funding opportunity under the Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Program. The intent is to identify consortia comprised of intermediary organizations that can provide capacity building support for communities engaged in planning efforts that support community involvement and integrate economic and workforce development, housing, land use, land cleanup and preparation for reuse, transportation, and infrastructure investments. The grantee(s) selected will be expected to deliver capacity building support to communities across the United States. To support these activities, HUD expects to make an award to one to two winning consortia.
Applications are due by July 7.
Click here for full background, eligibility requirements, and the application instructions
OVAE Announces Updated Resources Available for Youth and Adult Learners
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL), oversees national leadership activities, funded through Section 243 of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). These activities strive to ensure that all youth and adult students:
- Are ready for, have access to, and complete college and career pathways
- Have effective teachers and leaders
- Have equitable access to high quality learning opportunities on demand
- Benefit from an expanding research and evidence base
OVAE has recently announced the availability of a DAEL webpage with new and updated resources and links. The page provides information in four categories:
- College and Career Readiness
- Effective Teachers and Leaders
- Learning Opportunities On-Demand
- Advancing Research and Evidence
NGA Report: The Cornerstones of Economic Security for Resilient Workers
The ability of the American worker to adapt to technological innovation and worldwide competition is the key to economic security in the future, according to a report recently released by the National Governors Association (NGA). The report notes that the current approach to workforce development in the U.S. was designed for a different set of economic realities than those that exist today.
The Cornerstones of Economic Security for Resilient Workers: A Policy Framework for Shared Action
Other recent publications from NGA’s Center for Best Practices:
”Making" Our Future: What States Are Doing to Encourage Growth in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investment
State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers
New Report from National Benchmarking Project -- “Apples to Apples: Making Data Work for Community-Based Workforce Development Programs”
Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) launched The Benchmarking Project with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to create resources for performance improvement that could be used by workforce providers and funders. With P/PV’s closing in 2012, The Benchmarking Project entered into partnership with Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW).
A new report from the national Benchmarking Project offers an opportunity to examine the results of community-based organizations’ (CBOs) efforts to help jobseekers find and keep employment.
The Benchmarking Project launched in 2004 to understand what “good” performance looks like for different types of workforce development programs. The aggregate data from 332 programs in 200 organizations – mostly CBOs – represent the largest collection of outcomes information to date for programs serving America’s disadvantaged job seekers.
The report, “Apples to Apples: Making Data Work for Community-Based Workforce Development Programs”, presents themes from analysis of the data and offers meaningful comparison groups for programs with different characteristics. While the data does not “prove” the effectiveness of any one approach, it can help funders, providers and other stakeholders set more realistic expectations for performance and make better-informed decisions about program design. The report also provides recommendations for how workforce funders can better support the use of data to improve results.
State and Local Governments Receive Assistance to Launch Social Impact Bond Projects Across the Country
The Rockefeller Foundation and the Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab (SIB Lab) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) have announced the six winners of a national competition to provide state and local governments with technical assistance to develop pay-for-success contracts using social impact bonds (SIBs). The competition, run with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, received 28 state and local government applications, demonstrating the growing demand for new ways to fund and scale effective social services in a time of economic constraint.
In the SIB model, governments partner with service providers and private sector investors to fund prevention focused social programs that help address pressing problems. Investors are then repaid only if and when improved social outcomes are achieved. SIBs have the potential to open new funding sources for programs that deliver measurable social benefits and save tax payer dollars in the process.
Established with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, the SIB Lab at Harvard Kennedy School conducts research on how governments can foster social innovation and improve the results they obtain with their social spending. Over the past year, the SIB Lab has helped Massachusetts and New York become the first states to develop pay for success projects. The six winning state and local governments will receive pro bono technical assistance to help design, procure, and implement these policy initiatives, and plan to address issues ranging from early childhood education to helping seniors remain in their homes longer.
The winners are:
- Illinois (additional support provided by the Dunham Fund)
- New York
- South Carolina
USDA/RUS Announces Funding Opportunity for Broadband; NTIA Releases Study on the “Digital Nation,” Examines Rural and Urban Broadband Availability
The provision of broadband service is vital to the economic development, education, health, and safety of rural Americans. The purpose of the Community Connect Grant Program is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants that will provide currently unserved areas, on a ``community-oriented connectivity' basis, with broadband service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, health care, and public safety services.
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) within the Department of Agriculture has announced the Community Connect Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. In addition, RUS announces the minimum and maximum amounts for Community Connect grants applicable for the fiscal year.Applications must be submitted by July 11, 2013. Click here for complete background, eligible organizations, and application requirements.
The National Telecommunications and Information Agency has recently released new report released, Exploring the Digital Nation: America’s Emerging Online Experience, NTIA examines how Americans connect to the Internet and what Americans do once they get online. The report, co-authored with the Economics and Statistics Administration, confirms the dramatic growth in the number of Americans who are going online to perform important tasks like applying for jobs, looking up health information, and learning about current events.
Access to Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey Internet Usage Tables
NTIA has also recently released a new report and blog co-authored with the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) on the differences between broadband availability in rural and urban areas. This report is part of a series from NTIA that examines broadband availability data in greater detail.
NEA Releases National Statistics on Working Artists
What do we know about the 2.1 million artists in the United States' labor force? To help answer that question, the NEA today released "Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists." This new online research tool offers 70 searchable tables with figures on working artists by state and metropolitan area, by demographic information (including race and ethnicity, age, gender, and disability status), and by residence and workplace. The public is welcome to investigate the tables, a map of state-level rankings, and links to original sources.
This new research resource gives statistical profiles of Americans who reported an artist occupation as their primary job, whether full-time, part-time, or self-employed. The dataset looks at artists in 11 distinct occupations, including actors; announcers; architects; art directors, fine artists, and animators; dancers and choreographers; designers; entertainers and performers; musicians; photographers; producers and directors; and writers and authors. Some tables offer data on employed artists in particular, while other tables measure all artists in the workforce, both employed and looking for work.
Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program Connects At-Risk Youth to Promising Occupations
The Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services has recently released an issue brief that examines promising occupations for at-risk youth that offer reasonable incomes and could put them on a path to becoming independent adults. Key features are used to identify promising occupations, and based on that, the brief highlights health care and construction. The brief also discusses a number of work-based learning and career pathway programs, including the Administration for Children and Families' Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program.
HUD Announces Funding Opportunity under Choice Neighborhoods Program; Improvement of Educational Outcomes and Intergenerational Mobility for Youth among Emphases
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced today that it is making grants-in-aid available to revitalize public and HUD-assisted housing and transform communities. These grants are offered through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Program, a redevelopment approach that provides communities with tools to revitalize hard-hit communities into vibrant, opportunity-rich neighborhoods. Eligible applicants include Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity. HUD has identified $109 million and anticipates the award of four grants with an individual award ceiling of $30 million. Applications are due by September 30.
Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:
- Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
- People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families.
- Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.
HHS/ACF Seeks Comments on Proposed Data Collection in Support of “Job Search Assistance Strategies Evaluation”
HHS/ACF has proposed a new information collection – Job Search Assistance Strategies Evaluation
The proposed information collection consists of semi-structured interviews with key respondents involved with job search assistance programs in states and localities. Through this information collection and other study activities, ACF seeks to identify the types of job search assistance strategies that should be tested within the context of current TANF policies and requirements.
The May 31, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER provides complete background, summarizes burden hour estimates, and furnishes the instructions for obtaining the collection and submitting comments. Comments are due by July 31, 2013.
Association of Energy Engineers Examines Trends, Projections and Resources in Updated “Energy Jobs Report” and “Market Trends Survey”
The Association of Energy Engineers has published two volumes of interest to the workforce community: