Centralina Receives Federal Recognition for the "Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Report"

Centralina’s innovative and award-winning approach to the region’s 2012-2017 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) was singled out as a best practice in a national announcement released by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) on September 9th

The EDA announcement about its part in the White House’s Job-Driven Training and Apprenticeships initiative, specifically highlights the Centralina Economic Development Commission’s incorporation into its CEDS of a “Job Workforce Education (JWE) Alignment Strategy” as a great example of using job-driven training principles to create strong CEDS.  The EDA requires all designated Economic Development Districts to prepare a regional CEDS every five years, so the Centralina model will likely be adopted by other Districts and have an impact far beyond our region.

The EDA announcement coincided with the White House release of a Progress Update on Job Driven Training and Apprenticeships, detailing the Obama Administration’s efforts to lead job-driven reform of federal employment and training programs.  The across-the-board review’s core mission is to train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need filling.  Investments in job‐training and education for in‐demand skills is a key component of the Administration’s effort to create higher‐wage jobs, attract and keep good jobs in the U.S. and grow the American economy.
 

This is not the first time Centralina’s CEDS and JWE Alignment Strategy has been acknowledged regionally, statewide and nationally for leading the way in education and workforce training.  It has been an integral part of CONNECT our Future; was incorporated into NC Tomorrow, the statewide economic strategy; supported at four Global Competitiveness Summits in the Greater Charlotte region; and won a National Association of Development Organizations’ 2013 Innovation Award.  

The report has also laid the foundation for CCOG to win an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) strategic planning grant from the EDA in 2013, for which the resulting Manufacturing Ecosystem Development Strategy (MEDS) report will be published at the end of this month.  

Additionally, Centralina has being invited by the Lumina Foundation to participate in the Lumina Community Partnership for Attainment, to help carry out another Centralina initiative, the Centralina Post-secondary Attainment Career Pathways (CPACP) program.  The Centralina region is one of only 75 metro regions across the country to be granted this honor by Lumina.

 

 

 



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