New North Regional Collaboration Idea Generator
Following Governor Evers' announcement of a groundbreaking $130M investment towards workforce solutions, New North looks forward to working with our local partners and key stakeholders to develop regional, strategic proposals for the $100M Workforce Innovation grant program.
While we still await final guidance on proposal development, we do know that state officials have emphasized the importance of collaboration and regional approaches to addressing workforce challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Key focus areas identified include, but aren't limited to:
1) Increasing childcare accessibility
2) Reducing transportation barriers
3) Availability of affordable housing
Building diversified talent pipelines requires a multifaceted approach, one that harnesses the creativity of locally led solutions with the power of regional implementation. In anticipation of the forthcoming guidelines, please take a moment to complete this form, sharing information on
--Existing workforce strategies that could be scaled or replicated
--Known gaps and barriers to employment
--Workforce engagement issues
--Skilled training needs
--Top three workforce issues facing the New North region
We will use this information to support the coordination and development of regional strategic proposals that feature locally-led and controlled projects and initiatives across our 18-county region. This is a first step in a multi-pronged process that will help our region pull together strong, collaborative proposals that identify locally-led solutions as well as regional initiatives to foster systemic changes.