MIDWEST URBAN STRATEGIES (MUS)

MUS represents a coordinated effort on behalf of 13 Department of Labor urban workforce development boards to marry traditional workforce development practices with economic development. We are no longer just the bank; we are engines of workforce innovation. With more than $20 million raised, we are building on our successes with a strong vision, strategies for growth, and diverse funding mechanisms.

At a time when federal policy and funding is shifting, our efforts are emerging as a scalable, replicable, sustainable model, where the public workforce system is actively impacting economic development through wide-scale project implementation.

Innovation Laboratory

As an Innovation Laboratory we operate outside typical workforce development models to create scalable, replicable, and sustainable solutions.

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Scalable

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We are capitalizing on the scope and size of our urban epicenters to ensure our model works at scale.

Replicable

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We are working to take the micro-successes and strengths of each workforce development board and replicate them on a regional scale.

Sustainable

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We are developing the workforce needed to impact economic development in the region in turn driving demand for a capable workforce.

Scalable

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We are capitalizing on the scope and size of our urban epicenters to ensure our model works at scale.

Replicable

stacked_line_chart

We are working to take the micro-successes and strengths of each workforce development board and replicate them on a regional scale.

Sustainable

repeat

We are developing the workforce needed to impact economic development in the region in turn driving demand for a capable workforce.

our vision

As representatives from urban epicenters, the challenges and opportunities we experience by serving diverse populations – culturally, socially, and economically, require a unique set of strategies and tactics to connect people to the changing expectations and needs of employers.

our goal

The goal is to take the micro-successes and strengths of each workforce development board and replicate them on a regional scale. MUS strives to bolster the Midwest’s place within the national economy while growing and retaining our homegrown talent and businesses.

our strategy

Through intentional collaboration, leveraging stakeholders and efficient and creative use of resources, our strategy is to retain and grow local talent and generate greater return on investment for our employer partners and the workforce system.