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U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Proposals from a National Partner to Coordinate the "Accelerating Industry-Led Regional Partnerships for Talent Development Program"; Proposals Due by January 9, 2015
Nov 21, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzer has recently announced that the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting proposals for a national partner to help coordinate the Accelerating Industry-led Regional Partnerships for Talent Development Program, a new learning exchange that will focus on building critical regional partnerships to accelerate job skills development across America.

Under the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) published today, EDA seeks a national partner that will work with the Department of Commerce to launch a regional learning exchange that will identify, promote, and expand on successful best practices for industry-driven regional partnerships for talent development.

EDA will select a partner that will:

  • Promote cross-partnership learning across regions to build, sustain, and scale existing and new regional partnerships for talent development that support regional economic development.

  • Convene and learn from regional partnerships that have demonstrated success in addressing the talent development needs of business and industry.

  • Inform the long-term talent and skills development strategy for EDA and ways to increase sustainability, scalability, and continuous improvement.

The partner organization, through a cooperative agreement, will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing selection criteria and administering a competitive selection process to identify participating regions.

  • Administering the Learning Exchange.

  • Developing, disseminating, and actively engaging regions across the country (including those not participating in the Learning Exchange) on best practices, successful tools, and other "what works" strategies.

  • Identifying sustainability and scalability mechanisms to build on the scope of work and continue - after the lifespan of this award - to increase the sustainability, scalability, and escalation of regional partnerships for talent development through both existing efforts and new efforts.

The deadline for proposals is January 9, 2015. Proposals should incorporate the Job-Driven Training Checklist from the recently released White House report, Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity.

Applicants are encouraged to refer to the FFO for eligibility, matching-fund requirements, application and submission deadlines, and other information. EDA anticipates an eighteen (18) month project period, subject to the availability of funds, EDA policy, and satisfactory performance under the award.

The program is being funded through EDA's Research and Evaluation program, which supports the development of tools, recommendations, and resources that shape Federal economic development policies and inform economic development decision-making at the local level.

WIOA Implementation: Schedule of December Webinars
Nov 21, 2014
Input from the state and local workforce leaders and practitioners, as well as other stakeholders, is critical to the success of the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Department of Labor, in collaboration with the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, continues to provide workforce system partners and stakeholders with opportunities to provide input in-person and virtually throughout the implementation period.

In September and October, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) hosted a series of in-person town hall listening sessions in each of our six regions, designed to support strong implementation of the new legislation. These sessions offered an opportunity for our broad stakeholder groups to share their questions, insights and suggestions regarding the changes outlined in the WIOA legislation. Thanks to all who participated in these events!

ETA is also hosting a series of Webinars to engage the public in implementation of WIOA. Archived versions of the previous Webinars are available here.
New webinars are listed below.

  • Friday, November 14, 2:30 PM: The National Identifier for One Stop Career Centers. Archived

  • Thursday, December 4, 2:00 PM: Eligible Training Provider Provisions. Register Here

  • Friday, December 5, 2:00 PM: Services to Veterans. Register Here

  • Tuesday, December 9, 3:30 PM: The National Identifier for One Stop Career Centers (repeat of 11/14 session). Register Here

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2:00 PM: State Plan Submission Mechanism. Register Here

  • Wednesday, December 10, 3:30PM: WIOA: Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions. Register Here

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2:00 PM: Integrated Management Information Systems. Register Here

Also see:

WIOA Resource Webpage

ETA Provides Revised FY 2015 Advanced Funding Levels Available October 2014 for Workforce Investment Act Programs
Nov 20, 2014
The Employment and Training Administration has issued Change 1 to Training and Employment Guidance Letter 18-13. This TEGL provides states with revised allotment levels for WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker FY 2015 funds, which became available to states in October 2014. This Change 1 to TEGL 18-13 revises the funding available to states on October 2014 to reflect the 0.0554 percent reduction enacted in the short-term Continuing Appropriations Resolution for FY 2015.
New ETA Training and Employment Notice Discusses the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period, Outlines Opportunities for the Public Workforce System to Elevate Customer Awareness; Webinar Recording Now Available
Nov 20, 2014
The Employment and Training Administration has announced the publication of Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 13-14. This TEN advises available health insurance coverage options during the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period beginning November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015, and to offer potential opportunities to refer job seekers and workers to information about how and where to sign up for coverage.

The TEN discusses the potential opportunities the public workforce system can consider to raise awareness about the Open Enrollment period. The TEN notes that State workforce agency, WIB, AJC staff and others may attend a webinar for an overview of the Marketplace highlighting who is eligible and how the Marketplace works as well as suggested outreach strategies. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12 at 2:00p.m. EST and will be archived for later viewing. Please visit of https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001428842299170019/info to register.

Educational resources, in English and Spanish, to assist state workforce agencies, WIBs, AJCs, and grantee staff are available online. AJCs may download brochures, fact sheets and posters electronically. The TEN provides a synopsis of each of these resources.

Click here for access to the webinar.

HUD Announces Application Period to Join National Resource Network for Cities Seeking Economic Revitalization; Over 275 Cities Eligible to Receive Technical Assistance
Nov 5, 2014
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the release of a Request for Applications (RFA) for cities seeking economic revitalization assistance through the National Resource Network (The Network). Designed for economic revitalization, the Network is a first of its kind effort to bring together national experts under one organization to work with cities seeking to increase their economic competitiveness and to reverse population decline, job loss and high rates of poverty.

"Knowledge is fuel for progress and innovation," said HUD Secretary Julian Castro. "The National Resource Network will be a valuable tool in helping local governments address their challenges and achieve their goals. It will provide on-the-ground technical assistance and human resources that cities can use to build for the future. Working together as partners, I know we'll expand opportunities for more Americans." The Network is led by a consortium selected by the federal government because of its members' expertise and experience as national leaders in assisting cities in efforts to overcome challenges related to economic development, community development and fiscal and operational issues. The Network also includes more than a dozen strategic partners with experience and expertise in criminal justice, education, workforce development and other policy areas.

"By bringing together the best thinking about cities from experts that work with cities every day, the National Resource Network will support Mayors, City Managers and city leaders doing the hard work to overcome economic challenges and increase economic competitiveness," said David Eichenthal, Executive Director of the National Resource Network.

City governments can submit an application to receive assistance from the Network by completing an on-line form at http://nationalresourcenetwork.org/en/solutions/rfa. Eligibility for the Network is based on economic and demographic criteria. Approximately 275 cities are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Among many factors, the Network will heavily consider whether a city's request has high-level executive sponsorship in the city government and whether the city government has enlisted other community stakeholders in its planning effort. Applications that would benefit regions or multiple cities are strongly encouraged.

The Network is expected to provide on-the-ground assistance to dozens of eligible cities by 2016. Eight pilot cities are currently participating in the Network: Compton and Lynwood, CA; Kansas City, KS; Jackson and Meridian, MS; Miami, FL; Anderson, IN; and Fall River, MA.

The National Resource Network is a component of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, and was funded by $10 million from HUD. The Network was created out of demand from cities around the country to have access to experts, technical advice, and information that can help them address the mounting challenges of growing inequality, high unemployment, under-performing schools, aging infrastructure and vacant and blighted properties.

The Network consortium consists of the following private and public sector organizations:

  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Public Financial Management (PFM)
  • HR&A Advisors
  • New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

In addition, The Urban Institute is a key partner and evaluator of the Network's performance and impacts. Other Strategic Partners are: Abt Associates, Center for Community Progress, Civic Consulting USA, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), Jobs for the Future, National Association of Development Organizations, NeighborWorks America, Trust for Public Land, University of Chicago, and University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. Philanthropic support has been provided by the Annenberg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Is my city eligible for technical assistance through the Network?
  2. How do I determine whether my city meets the economic and demographic eligibility criteria?
  3. Can I still apply for technical assistance even though my city doesn't meet the economic and demographic criteria?
  4. I represent a county government, council of governments, school system, nonprofit, or other community stakeholder. Can I apply?
  5. What sorts of technical assistance projects does the Network undertake?
  6. I've submitted my application for technical assistance through the website. What happens next?
  7. How will the Network go about developing a customized technical assistance plan for my city? What if we don't like what the Network suggests?
  8. The RFA mentions that cities will be required to provide additional funding or resources to support the Network technical assistance project. What does this mean in practice?
  9. My city has is struggling with a constrained fiscal situation. Can the Network provide any assistance or flexibility regarding this funding match requirement?
  10. The application asks whether my city is interested in participating in peer to peer activity. What is that?
  11. Besides the match, what is expected of the city throughout the assessment and assistance process?
  12. Who in our city should fill out the application?
  13. Can we save the application and come back to it?
  14. If we apply and aren't selected, can we reapply at a later date?
  15. If I have any questions or issues, who should I contact?