Pittsburgh's Innovation Economy
The next stop on NewDEAL's Innovation Tour, Pittsburgh, was featured as a global innovation city in a Brookings Institution report that represented the culmination of an 18 month study of the city's growth from steel town to research and technology economy. Read more about Pittsburgh's evolution, how it can continue to grow, and lessons for other cities to adapt to the new economy.
If you're interested in seeing it for yourself, join us in Pittsburgh in October! (See highlights from our first Innovation Tour stop in Louisville.) Contact Brittany Wise for more information.
Addressing the Middle-Skills Gap
As employers struggle to fill jobs that require more than a high school education but less than a university diploma, one partnership is working to use data to identify and predict market demand to help build a talent pipeline. LinkedIn and Skillful have partnered with local universities in Phoenix and Denver -- cities led by NewDEAL Mayors -- to connect people with the jobs that are available, as well as help guide government and community organizations to better support skills development. Read about their success in this write-up from Harvard's Ash Center, and check out the recording from our recent conference call on the skills gap with NewDEAL Leader Cook County, IL Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Amy Loyd of Jobs for the Future.
NewDEALer in the Spotlight:
Nan Whaley, Mayor
City of Learners
NewDEAL Leader Dayton, OH Mayor Nan Whaley issued a report on the first three years of her comprehensive initiative to improve education, called City of Learners. Highlights of the city's progress include more than doubling the number of 4-year-olds in high quality pre-school programs, mentorship for 23,000 children, and $3.4 million in new funding for after-school and summer learning programs. Whaley said increasing access to high-quality K-12 schools remains the toughest challenge of the effort.