Virginia's Workforce: Strategies for Achieving a Skilled, Productive, and Educated Workforce

The Urban Institute, November 14, 2003

162 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2013

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Kelly Mikelson

The Urban Institute

Caroline E. Ratcliffe

The Urban Institute - Labor and Social Policy Center

Demetra Nightingale

The Urban Institute

Date Written: November 14, 2003

Abstract

This study was conducted by The Urban Institute over a six-month period from mid-May to mid-November 2003 and was commissioned by the Virginia Workforce Council (VWC). The VWC was created in 1999 as a policy body to assist the Governor in meeting workforce training needs in the Commonwealth. The VWC's vision is:

…to have and promote a well-trained, well-educated, highly skilled and qualified workforce that understands and meets the needs of employers and that is actively engaged in lifelong learning.1

This study provides the VWC with information to help them make important incumbent worker policy decisions over the next several years. Major economic transformations are underway in the Commonwealth of Virginia and nationwide in terms of the changing demand for workers by businesses and the changing characteristics of the workforce. As the Commonwealth prepares for the workforce development and economic development challenges of the next few decades, the results of this study will contribute to an ongoing examination in Virginia of the various policy and programmatic strategies that can ensure a skilled, stable, and productive workforce to meet the needs of the future.

Keywords: Cities and Neighborhoods, Employment, Poverty and Safety Net

Suggested Citation

Mikelson, Kelly and Ratcliffe, Caroline E. and Nightingale, Demetra, Virginia's Workforce: Strategies for Achieving a Skilled, Productive, and Educated Workforce (November 14, 2003). The Urban Institute, November 14, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2206442 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2206442

Kelly Mikelson

The Urban Institute

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Caroline E. Ratcliffe (Contact Author)

The Urban Institute - Labor and Social Policy Center ( email )

2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States
202-261-5548 (Phone)
202-463-8522 (Fax)

Demetra Nightingale

The Urban Institute ( email )

2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States

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