MUS expands membership to include Pittsburg area workforce board
Milwaukee–Last July, workforce leaders from across the Midwest along with the U.S. Department of Labor, created the Midwest Urban Strategies Consortium (MUS). Today Pittsburgh’s workforce development organization Partner4Work joins this collaborative.
“We’re especially excited to join this groundbreaking initiative,” said Board Chair Mark Latterner. “As the first of its kind in the country, we’re eager to learn from and share best practices from this group of urban workforce development boards.”
Created as a regional mechanism to drive economic growth, Midwest Urban Strategies includes workforce boards in the following cities: Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Gary, Indiana; Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Louis, Missouri; and Wichita, Kansas and now Pittsburg.
“By leveraging each city’s strengths in training and employer engagement, to sharing resources and funding, to identifying and applying best practices that serve the entire region collectively, the members of Midwest Urban Strategies bring the comprehensive force of their workforce partners to the table to build a stronger economy and greater business success in our markets,” said MUS director Tracey Carey.
Nationally recognized for innovation, Partner4Work delivers workforce solutions for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to ensure the current and future needs of businesses and job seekers are met. As stewards of more than $20 million in public and private workforce funds, Partner4Work oversees and funds workforce programs for adults, dislocated workers and youth; educates the community through robust labor market analytics; and implements innovative solutions to the region’s systemic workforce challenges. Partner4Work bridges the gap between people looking for work and companies in need of talent. More information is available at www.partner4work.org.
About Midwest Urban Strategies
Midwest Urban Strategies represents a coordinated effort on behalf of 11 Department of Labor urban workforce development boards to marry traditional workforce development practices with economic development.
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. 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. For more information visit us online at midwesturbanstrategies.com or follow us on Twitter @midwestworkers