- November 12, 2018
- Posted by: matt
- Category: Blog
Investing in Americaâ€™s Workforce is a new book released last week by the Federal Reserve and a number of key partners.Â If youâ€™re looking to understand todayâ€™s workforce development system, start here.Â In fact, the book could easily be subtitled:Â â€œEverything you ever wanted to know about workforce development but were afraid to ask.â€Â Investing in Americaâ€™s Workforce actually consists of three volumes, covering the topics of â€œInvesting in Workers,â€ â€œInvesting in Work,â€ and â€œInvesting in Systems for Employment Opportunity.â€Â Â Each volume contains anywhere from 10 to 15 contributions on key issues facing the field such as engaging employers, investing in technology, strengthening regional partnerships, and closing talent gaps.
Iâ€™m fortunate to have a chapter included in the volume in the sections focused on â€œInvesting in Rural Work,â€ which is prefaced with an excellent review of rural workforce issues from Brian Dabson.Â My piece, â€œIgniting Rural Entrepreneurship:Â Where do Workforce Development Program Fit In?â€ examines the intersection of three of my favorite topics:Â rural development, workforce development, and entrepreneurship.
I expect that Investing in Americaâ€™s Workforce will become the â€œgo-toâ€ guide for the current state of play in workforce development.Â Itâ€™s well worth a read or at least as a background reference guide.Â Â With the holidays coming up, you might even consider it as a gift for the policy wonk in your life!Â Â Even better, the book is free for download here.