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Jun 26, 2013

Expanding Business Engagement Virtual Learning Series

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Published:  Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Issue number:  13

In summer 2012, the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) launched the Expanding Business Engagement (EBE) Technical Assistance Initiative – a two-year effort to improve the way the workforce system engages the business community. Thirteen states were awarded grants of approximately $70,000 to revitalize or enhance business engagement activities within their states. The first year of the Initiative (Phase I) was focused on strategic planning and implementation, and concluded in June 2013. Participating states included: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

From July 2012 - June 2013, each of the states formed working teams comprising businesses, industry representatives, and experienced state and local practitioners to refine their states’ business engagement strategies, respond to local economic needs, and improve program performance.

Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) was contracted by ETA to support EBE Initiative during first year. This collection comprises slides from our three-part Virtual Learning Series convened June 5-7, 2013.

Full recordings, support materials, and the complete collection of resources and tools developed to support the project will be available on the project's main website in early July 2013.