Midwest Research Partnership to Receive Grant for Development of Skill Shed Methodology

puzzleA collaboration of state research organizations in Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and Nebraska has received a grant through the Midwest Innovation Initiative (MI2), a project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration, to better inform workers of the skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow. The Initiative is managed by the Chicago-based Institute for Work and the Economy and works in partnership with the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments, an association of state legislators from the Midwestern states plus North Dakota and South Dakota.

The purpose of the grant is to develop a research framework for analyzing the skills of regional economies and comparing them against the changing skill sets needed by businesses in rapidly emerging industries. The objective of the grant and the larger initiative is to assist in identifying and addressing the barriers preventing Midwestern states and communities from making full use of the competitive advantages of the region by functioning as a single, integrated economy.

“This grant will help us to better understand the skills that Missouri employers need for 21st century in-demand jobs and creating the type of agile training programs that our workers will need over the long-term to prosper.” said Dr. Marty Romitti, Director of the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, the research arm of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.



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