New Orleans Works: Equipping and Matching Job Seekers with the Health Care Jobs in Demand

When you think of New Orleans’s economy, you might think of tourism, oil and gas, logistics. But like many places in the United States, there is a large and growing healthcare industry that is in desperate need of trained employees. The Greater New Orleans Foundation sees the growth of healthcare as an important opportunity for […]

Finding the Niche: Filling Demand for Skilled Green Stormwater Management Workers

A story from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. After identifying a market opportunity with significant demand in the DC region – green stormwater management – this foundation is fostering private-public partnerships that are now establishing a business that will soon employ low-income residents in a transitioning neighborhood. Presented by Angela Jones Hackley, Interim President, […]

Atlanta Lettuce Works: Growing In-Demand Greens, Jobs and Businesses Right in the Neighborhood

A story from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (GA). After learning that area hospitals and colleges were buying 90% of their lettuce out of state, CFGA initiated Atlanta Lettuce Works – a greenhouse co-op in downtown Atlanta that will grow hydroponic lettuce and employ 40 resident-owners from poor neighborhoods in sustainable living wage jobs. Presented […]

Working Bridges: Businesses Collaborating to Help Workers (and Firms!) Get Ahead

A story from United Way of Chittenden County (VT). This Vermont United Way sparked a local small business collaborative that is providing shared services and staff who “circuit-ride” to help low-income employees stabilize during financial and family emergencies, and then begin to build assets – even as it significantly reduces turnover and costs for the participating firms. Presented by Lisa Falcone, […]

From Analysis to Priorities to Results: A Regional FES Action Partnership

A story from West Central Initiative. Ten years ago, West Central Initiative (MN) used the FES framework to assemble a network of key social service, economic development, business and civic organizations across its region to examine what was hindering poor families from getting ahead, set action priorities together, and then craft program responses that are building family […]

Civic Leadership Fellows: Connecting Local College Students to (a future with) Local Employers

A story from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (WV). With local youth not seeing their future in the area, this community foundation helped create short-term job opportunities for local college-age students with local businesses – building their networks, and helping them envision a future that might include staying in the region. Presented by […]