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(Nov 26 2014)   White House Announces Toolkit to Help Communities Respond to a Changing Climate; USAID Issues RFI to Develop and Launch Public-Private Partnership Focused on Climate Science, Data, Tools and Training for Country Decision-Makers 
 
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(Nov 26 2014)   U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases New Report - Managing the Talent Pipeline: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap 
 
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(Nov 26 2014)   OECD Releases New Publication on Job Creation and Local Economic Development 
 
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(Nov 26 2014)   OECD Releases "Skills Beyond School"; Study Identifies Good Practices Based on Studies in 20 Countries 
 
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(Nov 26 2014)   Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Announces Launch of Interactive Business Resource Tool 
 
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(Nov 26 2014)   HUD Offers Up to $30 Million in Grants through the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Program 
 
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(Nov 26 2014)   Manufacturing Sector: Census Bureau Presents Its Plans for 2015 Annual Surveys 
 
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(Nov 26 2014)   December 4 Webinar: Learn How Community Foundations Are Building Community Wealth 
 
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(Nov 26 2014)   ACVETEO to Meet on December 18 to Discuss Services for Veterans 
 
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(Nov 24 2014)   Department of Commerce Announces Establishment of Data Advisory Council; Seeks Nominations by December 3 
 
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(Nov 24 2014)   White House Announces Toolkit to Help Communities Respond to a Changing Climate; USAID Issues RFI to Develop and Launch Public-Private Partnership Focused on Climate Science, Data, Tools and Training for Country Decision-Makers 
 
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(Nov 24 2014)   Entrepreneurship Updates: Advisory Council to Hold December 5 Public Meeting; New Index Examines Entrepreneurship in 130 Countries; Kauffman Foundation Reinstitutes Blogs 
 
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(Nov 21 2014)   SelectUSA Investment Summit Scheduled for March 23-24, 2015, Registration to Open Soon; November 24 Webinar to Discuss Infrastructure Financing, Public-Private Partnerships 
 
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(Nov 21 2014)   New Report from NACO: Rural Counties Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners 
 
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(Nov 21 2014)   BCFP Seeks Comment on Partnership with LEAs to Develop Model to Incorporate Financial Education Curriculum into K-12 
 
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(Nov 21 2014)   BLS Seeks Comments on the Proposed Extension of Information Collection in Support of Cooperative Agreements with State Workforce Agencies 
 
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(Nov 21 2014)   Department of Energy Issues RFI on the National Training and Education Resource; Outlines Plans for Transfer of Stewardship to the Open Source Community 
 
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(Nov 20 2014)   Accelerating Opportunity Initiative: Aspen Institute and Urban Institute Release First Year Evaluation Report 
 
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(Nov 20 2014)   ETA Requests Comments on Proposed Revisions to Senior Community Service Employment Program Performance Measurement System 
 
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(Nov 20 2014)   Department of Commerce Announces Next Phase of Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Initiative 
 
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(Nov 20 2014)   Human Trafficking: HHS/ACF Seeks Comment on Data Collection Form for Child Victims; Seeks Comment on 'Rescue & Restore Regional Program Project Data' with Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Components 
 
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(Nov 20 2014)   EPA Announces December 4 Webinar on FY 2015 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines/Requests for Proposals 
 
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(Nov 19 2014)   U.S. Cluster Mapping Official Launch: Presentations and PowerPoints Now Available 
 
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(Nov 19 2014)   Retirement of QWI Online and Industry Focus 
 
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(Nov 5 2014)   Census Bureau Seeks Public Comment on Excision of Questions from ACS; Proposes "Undergraduate Field of Degree" for Removal 
 
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(Nov 5 2014)   Health Information Technology: HHS Publishes Meeting Schedules for 2014 Standards and Policy Committees; Proposes Reinstatement of Report 
 
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(Nov 4 2014)   HUD Releases Two Year Progress Report on Sandy Rebuilding Strategy 
 
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(Nov 4 2014)   Meeting the Needs of Workers and Employers: MDRC Reports on Implementation of Sector-Focused Career Advancement Model for Low-Skilled Adults 
 

 

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White House Announces Toolkit to Help Communities Respond to a Changing Climate; USAID Issues RFI to Develop and Launch Public-Private Partnership Focused on Climate Science, Data, Tools and Training for Country Decision-Makers


November 17 posting on the White House website:

It’s been a big week for the United States’ efforts on climate change. On November 12, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced historic actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today, we’re announcing important steps that the Administration is taking here at home to help communities respond to and prepare for a changing climate.

Today, the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience – a group of leaders from across the country who are working to boost resilience efforts in their communities – released recommendations on ways in which the federal government can support actions to address the impacts of climate change. In response to early input from the Task Force, the Administration has developed the Climate Resilience Toolkit, a website that provides centralized, authoritative, easy-to-use information, tools, and best practices to help communities prepare for and boost their resilience to the impacts of climate change.

You can access the toolkit here: toolkit.climate.gov

The United States Agency for International Development has developed a Request for Information (RFI) for the purpose of developing and launching a new public-private partnership that focuses on connecting actionable climate science, data, tools, and training to decision-makers in developing countries.

The partnership will seek to advance a global community of practice, address coverage gaps, develop actionable tools and services, build capacity in developing countries by leveraging existing expertise and efforts in-country.

The RFI was posted on www.grants.gov on November 14.

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases New Report - Managing the Talent Pipeline: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap


Building off of a series of regional roundtable discussions with employers and other stakeholders held earlier this year, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) convened a recent national conference in Washington, D.C. The national conference represented a "call to action where USCCF announces its plans to build a national movement by partnering with employers in regions and communities across the country to advance talent supply chain solutions."

In conjunction with the conference, USCCF has released a new report
Managing the Talent Pipeline: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap

USCCF notes: "This white paper begins by examining the challenge and need for a ''demand-driven' system. From there, it introduces supply chain management and explores key lessons that inform how employers can improve their partnerships with education and workforce providers. Next, the paper identifies three foundational principles for a new talent pipeline management system and concludes by highlighting implications for key stakeholders, including employers, education and workforce providers, students and workers, and policymakers."

Download the infographic (pdf)       Download stakeholder checklists (pdf)

 

OECD Releases New Publication on Job Creation and Local Economic Development


The OECD has released a new publication that highlights new evidence on policies to support job creation, bringing together the latest research on labour market, entrepreneurship and local economic development policy to help governments support job creation in the recovery. It also includes a set of country pages featuring, among other things, new data on skills supply and demand at the level of smaller OECD regions. OECD notes:

"This publication is the first in a series to take this integrative approach, and it is designed to be user friendly and accessible to all government officials, academics, practitioners and civil society with an interest in local economic development and job creation."

The report can be found at
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/industry-and-services/job-creation-and-local-economic-development_9789264215009-en

 

OECD Releases "Skills Beyond School"; Study Identifies Good Practices Based on Studies in 20 Countries


Skills are critical to economic growth and social well-being. Although initial vocational training at upper secondary level provides useful skills, in many jobs where demand is fast-growing – ranging from healthcare technicians to junior managers – such basic vocational training is no longer enough. Indeed, higher level professional, managerial and technical skills are increasingly required. In the United States, it is estimated that one third of all vacancies by 2018 will call for some post-secondary qualification, but not necessarily the completion of a four-year degree.

Based on a series of 20 country studies, this synthesis report of Skills beyond School looks at how OECD countries are responding to this growing demand for skills, and the further steps they need to succeed. The report underlines many challenges: while some countries have thriving post-secondary vocational sectors, others have found it difficult to find a place for shorter (one-or two-year) programmes in competition with better known academic qualifications. The engagement of the social partners – employers and trade unions – is as vital as it is sometimes elusive. Vocational training qualifications are sometimes outdated or lack currency in the labour market.

This study identifies good practices and puts the spotlight on those countries that are making progress. Still, it argues that countries now need to step up their efforts to deliver higher quality post-secondary vocational programmes. This means programmes that integrate an element of work-based learning and foundation skills of literacy and numeracy, teachers who are well-versed in the techniques of modern industry (as well as in teaching ability), and well-prepared school and college leaders. It also implies strong qualifications (prepared with the involvement of employers), guaranteeing possession of a relevant skillset upon completion, effective career guidance for students based on good data about the labour market outcomes, and clear pathways from the vocational programmes to higher and academic education.

This exercise is just one part of the wider OECD fast-developing programme of work on skills, marshalled under the Skills Strategy and including the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). This multi-stranded programme, drawing on the strengths of all the different component parts of the OECD, aims to help countries to build and use skills in the interests of all their citizens.

 

Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Announces Launch of Interactive Business Resource Tool


The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), a nationwide network of federal laboratories that cultivates best-practice strategies for advancing technology transfer (T2) from the laboratory to the marketplace, this week announced the launch of FLCBusiness, an interactive business resource tool.

In his Presidential Memorandum - Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High-Growth Businesses, President Obama called for the acceleration of our nation's T2 efforts. The effort continues as part of the Lab-to-Market Cross-Agency Priority Goal. This emphasis illustrates the importance of T2 in maintaining the competitive edge of U.S. private industry by leveraging federal resources. A key component of this strategy, FLCBusiness delivers an interactive tool to help U.S. industry understand the capabilities and availability of resources at federal laboratories and the many potential partnership opportunities.

FLCBusiness will aid business development by providing an all-inclusive search database that shares information about federal lab capabilities and know-how, facilities and equipment available for public and private utilization, lab-specific programs, and funding opportunities. In response to the launch of this new tool, FLC Chair Paul Zielinski stated that "by housing all of this information on one dynamic site, the FLC is able to further its mission to bolster T2 and assist with the advancement of U.S. industry."

Developed in collaboration with member laboratories, business groups, and other national stakeholders across the country, FLCBusiness is an innovation that answers the President's call to strengthen commercialization efforts. In explaining the FLC's urgency to respond to the interest of both the Administration and Congress in cross-agency lab-to-market initiatives, former FLC Chair Mojdeh Bahar stated, "We [the FLC] wanted to step up to the plate and provide a collaborative environment for industry to search and find vital information about federal laboratory resources available for industry use. This tool is the missing piece to the T2 puzzle for many businesses."

With the cooperation of federal labs across the country providing their leading-edge resources, any business will now have the ability to "one-stop shop" along the avenue of innovation. With both public and private sectors experiencing shrinking budgets, FLCBusiness could not have arrived at a better time. The tool has the power to progress businesses, industry, and federal labs into an innovative and economically beneficial industrial future for our nation.

For more information about FLCBusiness, go to www.flcbusiness.com.

About the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)

Organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, the FLC is a nationwide network of approximately 300 federal laboratories, centers, parent departments, and agencies that establishes strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. To accomplish their mission of assisting with the movement of innovative federal research and development into the U.S. economy, the FLC provides various resources from training to regional and national meetings so its members can obtain the resources they need to achieve successful technology transfer. To learn more about the FLC and its mission, visit its website at www.federallabs.org.

 

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HUD Offers Up to $30 Million in Grants through the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Program


U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro has announced funding available to help local communities across the country to redevelop severely distressed public and HUD-assisted housing and transform surrounding neighborhoods. This funding is subject to increase if there is an FY2015 appropriation. Part of the Obama Administration''s effort to build Ladders of Opportunity to the middle class, HUD is offering grants of up to $30 million through its Choice Neighborhood Implementation Program to support locally driven solutions for transforming neighborhoods struggling to address poor quality housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime, and lack of capital.

Press Release        Funding Notice

Eligible activities are described on page 16 and 17, including "Partnering with employers and for-profit and nonprofit organizations to create jobs and job training opportunities, with a focus on job opportunities accessible by mass transit."

On page 77, HUD asks applicants to "Describe how you will ensure services will be provided to the targeted housing residents, with a particular emphasis on how you will ensure these residents receive priority for any leveraged positions or 'slots' in early childhood learning, job training/employment, and case management programs."

 

Manufacturing Sector: Census Bureau Presents Its Plans for 2015 Annual Surveys


The Census Bureau is conducting the 2015 annual surveys in the manufacturing area. The 2015 annual surveys consist of the Annual Survey of Manufactures, the Business R&D and Innovation Survey, and the Manufacturers'Unfilled Orders Survey. These annual surveys will be sent to a sample of establishments and companies that participate in manufacturing activities. The Bureau has determined that annual data collected from these surveys are needed to aid the efficient performance of essential governmental functions, and have significant application to the needs of the public and industry. The data derived from these surveys, most of which have been conducted for many years, are not publicly available from nongovernmental or other governmental sources.

These surveys will provide continuing and timely national statistical data on manufacturing for the period between economic censuses. The data collected in the surveys will be within the general scope and nature of those inquiries covered in the economic census. The next economic census will be conducted for the year 2017.

The November 21 FEDERAL REGISTER provides supplementary information and describes the objectives of each of the three surveys.

 

December 4 Webinar: Learn How Community Foundations Are Building Community Wealth


The authors Marjorie Kelly and Violeta Duncan will present and discuss the findings of their new Democracy Collaborative report, A New Anchor Mission for a New Century: Community Foundations Deploying All Resources to Build Community Wealth, with experts from the field on December 4 (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST).

Registration page.

Excerpts:

… We examined a representative group of 30 innovative community foundations, of varying sizes, in various stages of development. For some, the shift involves a focus on catalyzing economic development. This generally involves a move beyond simply disbursing grants toward a leadership or catalytic role, proactively shaping initiatives, and using grantmaking in partnership with approaches like convening, piloting projects, and influencing policy. Others are rethinking how they use their assets and are experimenting with impact investing, which we define here as making investments that seek both financial return and social impact. In the process, these foundations are sometimes engaging donors and other investors around how they make investments. Some foundations examined here are doing both economic development and impact investing.

Workforce development connected to employers. A number of community foundations are running workforce development programs that connect tangibly to local employer needs, in contrast to generic training programs that graduate workers who often find no jobs.

The Boston Foundation in 2003 launched SkillWorks, a workforce development initiative closely tied to employers in the health care, automotive, and hotel industries. Its twin goals are helping low-income individuals find family-supporting jobs, and helping businesses find skilled workers. SkillWorks works collaboratively, bringing together philanthropy, government, community organizations, and employers. The program has become a model for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Acting as regional economic development intermediaries. Beyond launching initiatives, a community foundation can act as a significant economic development intermediary, a role that combines lending, economic planning, and other development activities.

West Central Initiative (WCI), a community foundation covering nine counties in rural Minnesota, is designated by the federal Economic Development Administration as an economic development district—a role it took up at the request of local stakeholders. WCI conducts extensive business lending and workforce development activities. Over the last 20 years, this community foundation has been actively engaged in rebuilding the region's manufacturing economy, increasing wages in the communities it serves. Though WCI is rare in the community foundation world, it shows what is possible.

Why are these community foundations moving in this direction? What exactly are they doing? Through on-the-ground stories, this report examines the motives guiding this work, as well as the benefits, barriers, strategies employed, and steps involved in getting started. We share thoughts from leaders in the field on how this work might best evolve over time, and highlight the trailblazing work of 30 representative community foundations-the "Innovative 30."

 

ACVETEO to Meet on December 18 to Discuss Services for Veterans


The Department of Labor has published the agenda for the December 18 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO) meeting. This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the ACVETEO. The ACVETEO will discuss the VETS core programs and services regarding efforts that assist veterans seeking employment and raise employer awareness as to the advantages of hiring veterans. There will be an opportunity for persons or organizations to address the committee. Any individual or organization that wishes to do so should contact Mr. Timothy Green at 202-693-4723.

Additional background / logistics / agenda

 

Department of Commerce Announces Establishment of Data Advisory Council; Seeks Nominations by December 3


The Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration today has announced the establishment of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC), with an extension of an invitation for the submission of nominations.

The CDAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on ways to make Commerce data easier to find, access, use, combine, and disseminate, and on other such matters as the Secretary determines. The Council will continue for two years unless renewed by the Secretary, Department of Commerce. With the exception of the limitations set out in 41 CFR part 102-3, the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, on behalf of the Secretary, Department of Commerce, will execute the functions and implement the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and its implementing regulation. This notice also requests nominations for membership on the Council.

The Secretary will draw CDAC membership from the data industry with a focus on recognized expertise in collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination. As privacy concerns span the entire data lifecycle, expertise in privacy protection also will be represented on the Council. The Secretary will select members that represent the entire spectrum of Commerce data including demographic, economic, scientific, environmental, patent, and geospatial data. The Secretary will select members from the information technology, business, non-profit, and academic communities, and state and local governments. Collectively, their knowledge will include all types of data Commerce distributes and the full lifecycle of data collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination. The membership balance plan is not static and may change, depending on the needs of the Secretary and the work of the Council.

The Economics and Statistics Administration must receive nominations for members by December 3, 2014.

Full background on the nomination process, CDAC structure, and compensation may be found in the November 17 FEDERAL REGISTER.

 

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White House Announces Toolkit to Help Communities Respond to a Changing Climate; USAID Issues RFI to Develop and Launch Public-Private Partnership Focused on Climate Science, Data, Tools and Training for Country Decision-Makers


November 17 posting on the White House website:

It’s been a big week for the United States’ efforts on climate change. On November 12, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced historic actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today, we’re announcing important steps that the Administration is taking here at home to help communities respond to and prepare for a changing climate.

Today, the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience – a group of leaders from across the country who are working to boost resilience efforts in their communities – released recommendations on ways in which the federal government can support actions to address the impacts of climate change. In response to early input from the Task Force, the Administration has developed the Climate Resilience Toolkit, a website that provides centralized, authoritative, easy-to-use information, tools, and best practices to help communities prepare for and boost their resilience to the impacts of climate change.

You can access the toolkit here: toolkit.climate.gov

The United States Agency for International Development has developed a Request for Information (RFI) for the purpose of developing and launching a new public-private partnership that focuses on connecting actionable climate science, data, tools, and training to decision-makers in developing countries.

The partnership will seek to advance a global community of practice, address coverage gaps, develop actionable tools and services, build capacity in developing countries by leveraging existing expertise and efforts in-country.

The RFI was posted on www.grants.gov on November 14.

 

Entrepreneurship Updates: Advisory Council to Hold December 5 Public Meeting; New Index Examines Entrepreneurship in 130 Countries; Kauffman Foundation Reinstitutes Blogs


Subjects: ETA’s Integrating Entrepreneurship Into the Public Workforce System Throughout America; WIOA provisions regarding entrepreneurial training; Entrepreneurship Competency Model, SBA’s entrepreneurship activities , AACC’s Virtual Incubation Network Toolkit, NACCE, ARC’s Appalachian Capital Policy Initiative

NACIE Meeting

The National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) will hold an organizational meeting on Friday, December 5, 2014. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and will be open to the public. The meeting will take place at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4830, Washington, DC 20230.

The Council was chartered on November 10, 2009 to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters related to innovation and entrepreneurship in the United States. NACIE's overarching focus is recommending transformational policies to the Secretary that will help U.S. communities, businesses, and the workforce become more globally competitive. The Council will operate as an independent entity within the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), which is housed within the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration. NACIE members are a diverse and dynamic group of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors, as well as leaders from nonprofit organizations and academia.

The purpose of this organizational meeting is to discuss the Council's planned work initiatives in three focus areas: Workforce/talent, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

The final agenda will be posted on the NACIE Web site at http://www.eda.gov/oie/nacie/ prior to the meeting.

Any member of the public may submit pertinent questions and comments concerning the Council's affairs at any time before or after the meeting. Comments may be submitted to the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the contact information below. Those unable to attend the meeting in person but wishing to listen to the proceedings can do so through a conference call line 1-888-790-3143, passcode: 8465571. Copies of the meeting minutes will be available by request within 90 days of the meeting date.

Contact:
Julie Lenzer Kirk, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Room 70003, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; email: NACIE@doc.gov; telephone: 202-482-8001; fax: 202-273-4781. Please reference ``NACIE December 5, 2014' in the subject line of your correspondence.

New Index Maps and Ranks Entrepreneurship in 130 Countries

Download the full report | View the interactive map of countries

The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI), released today (November 17) in partnership with the GEDI Institute, shows that entrepreneurship is generally on the rise around the world but that there is much room for growth.

The GEI, measuring the entrepreneurial ecosystems in 130 countries—from Albania to Zambia—measures global entrepreneurial capacity at 52%. It is being launched at policy summits and roundtable discussions around the world as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“There is a rapidly growing demand from startup communities and policymakers alike to help new firms start and scale,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. “This Index identifies each country’s unique challenges and serves as a compass for prescribing the most effective interventions.”

The report provides a detailed look at the entrepreneurial ecosystem of nations by combining individual data such as opportunity recognition and risk perception with institutional components like the depth of capital markets, globalization and spending on research and development.

Kauffman Foundation Economists Revive Two Popular Blogs

After a hiatus to refresh content and direction, the Kauffman Foundation is re-launching two blogs that explore entrepreneurship and education trends and research.

Growthology delves into entrepreneurship and policy trends related to economic growth. Data Maven, which takes deep dives into the data underlying entrepreneurial trends, is expanding its focus to include education topics.

Dedicated to the research of entrepreneurial economics and its relationship to growth, Growthology authors will post weekly, sharing ideas and perspectives on enhancing faster economic growth, greater individual opportunity, smart government policy and the expansion of human welfare. Growthology also will welcome analysis and perspectives from other Kauffman experts, as well as invited guests.

"Data Maven is written for policymakers, media, academics and technical experts who are interested in ever-expanding tracking and measurement of entrepreneurship, innovation and youth education. The blog will offer technical reviews on data sources and on the data's advantages for further research. Its authors will work to fully integrate education into the blog content within a few months.

"Data Maven will be a source both for new research and for context about the interconnections between new and existing data," said Kauffman Foundation Research Director E.J. Reedy. "The blog's subscribers will connect with data developments and technical discussions, provide feedback on possible new projects and contribute to improving information within the research community." Readers can follow the blogs at www.kauffman.org/growthology and www.kauffman.org/datamaven.

 

SelectUSA Investment Summit Scheduled for March 23-24, 2015, Registration to Open Soon; November 24 Webinar to Discuss Infrastructure Financing, Public-Private Partnerships


SelectUSA is the U.S. government-wide program to promote and facilitate business investment into the United States, housed within the Department of Commerce. SelectUSA services for EDOs include on-the-ground support from U.S. Commercial Service offices in more than 70 international markets; counseling on best practices for FDI attraction and reshoring; information and data on FDI trends; an ombudsman service for issues involving federal regulations; and high-level investment advocacy assistance.

The Department has announced that registration will open soon for the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held on March 23-24, 2015, noting:

As those who attended last year can attest, the first SelectUSA Investment Summit was a tremendous success, and next year’s will be even bigger and better. While the team at SelectUSA works closely with economic development organizations (EDOs) every day of the year, the 2015 Investment Summit will pull out all the stops and bring investors from around the world to meet with U.S. EDOs under one roof.

When you register for the Summit, you’ll get access to our robust matchmaking system where you can arrange one-on-one meetings with potential investors. You'll learn about the latest trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) and reshoring from high-profile speakers, as well as practical resources to help you more effectively attract investment. You'll also be able to connect with other economic developers, service providers, and government officials who can share tools and information to help you bring more jobs home. More ...

On Monday, November 24, at 2:00 p.m. (EST) Dr. Elaine Buckberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of Treasury, will discuss the President’s Build America Investment Initiative and U.S. infrastructure finance. In this webinar, the first of three leading up to the SelectUSA Summit, Dr. Buckberg will explain the purpose of the Build America Investment Initiative, demystify public-private partnerships (PPPs), and explain how PPPs serve as another pathway for financing infrastructure projects inregions, states, and communities. She will discuss the rationale for PPPs, key PPP structures, and innovative federal financing programs that can complement PPPs or be used for traditional procurements. Following Dr. Buckberg’s comments, the webinar will be open for Q&A.

Please e-mail Abigail.Bowman@trade.gov to register!

 

New Report from NACO: Rural Counties Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners


The National Association of Counties (NACo ) recently released a new report -- Cultivating a Competitive Advantage: How Rural Counties are Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners -- highlighting how rural counties are pursuing asset-based economic development initiatives that create jobs and build wealth while preserving rural landscapes, cultural and heritage.

The report features 15 rural counties that are finding innovative ways to leverage assets to sustain economic growth and productivityThe counties featured in this report demonstrate that rather than seeking a single best policy to foster economic growth, the most effective approach is identifying, re-imagining and leveraging a number of assets in order to strengthen economic competitiveness for the future.

Read the report here.

 

BCFP Seeks Comment on Partnership with LEAs to Develop Model to Incorporate Financial Education Curriculum into K-12


The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection is seeking public comment on the “Teacher Training Initiative (TTI) Local Education Agencies (LEA) Partnership Application” by December 10.

The Bureau plans to seek Office of Management and Budget approval to collect application information from LEAs interesting in partnering with the Bureau to design and implement a model for training K-12 teachers to teach and/or incorporate financial education concepts in their curriculum. The goal of the Initiative is to identify ways to improve and sustain youth financial capabilities by training and supporting teachers at the LEA-level to teach relevant financial concepts.

Click here for the November 10 “thirty-day” FEDERAL REGISTER notice.

Click here for the August 20, 2014 “sixty-day” FEDERAL REGISTER notice.

 

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BLS Seeks Comments on the Proposed Extension of Information Collection in Support of Cooperative Agreements with State Workforce Agencies


The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) enters into Cooperative Agreements with State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) annually to provide financial assistance to the SWAs for the production and operation of the following LMI statistical programs: Current Employment Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, and Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. The Cooperative Agreement provides the basis for managing the administrative and financial aspects of these programs.

The existing collection of information allows Federal staff to negotiate the Cooperative Agreement with the SWAs and monitor their financial and programmatic performance and adherence to administrative requirements imposed by common regulations implementing Office of OMB Circular A-102 and other grant related regulations. The information collected also is used for planning and budgeting at the Federal level and in meeting Federal reporting requirements.

BLS has recently published the sixty-day notice regarding the information collection, seeking public comment by January 12, 2015. Click here for the Federal Register notice.

 

Department of Energy Issues RFI on the National Training and Education Resource; Outlines Plans for Transfer of Stewardship to the Open Source Community


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) to provide an open source platform for multimedia, self-paced training courses designed to build skills in clean energy vocations at lower costs than proprietary packages. NTER offers DOE and other organizations a unified platform to provide state-of-the-art training.

NTER users earn certifications and demonstrate competency that translate directly into on-the-job performance. Its highly modular design allows it to be used as a stand-alone open-source toolkit or combined with proprietary third-party materials. NTER is a learning management system (LMS) and Content Management System (CMS) that streamlines the delivery of training and content to stakeholders. It was designed to leverage open source code, enabling educators to create content and students to take courses easily.

DOE's intent has been to transfer stewardship of the platform to an entity within the open source community in order to maximize market adoption while fostering open source, shared learning environments. It is envisioned that one or more non-governmental entities with expertise in open source development of educational content creation and sharing will be most qualified to take over this well-developed product and its customer-base.

The Department has published a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks input from those entities interested in taking over NTER as well as from impacted parties. The November 12 FEDERAL REGISTER announces the RFI and provides additional background. The RFI is available at: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov. Comments are due by December 3.

 

Accelerating Opportunity Initiative: Aspen Institute and Urban Institute Release First Year Evaluation Report


The Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative, launched in 2011, aims to increase the ability of students with low basic skills to earn valued occupational credentials, obtain a well-paying job, and sustain a rewarding career. AO is encouraging states to change the delivery of adult education for students interested in learning career skills by enrolling them in for-credit career and technical education courses at local community colleges as they improve their basic education and English language skills. Four states - Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina - began formal implementation of the AO model in spring 2012 and oversaw the development of integrated career pathways in 33 community and technical colleges.

The First Year of Accelerating Opportunity: Implementation from the States and Colleges documents how AO colleges and states designed and implemented the core elements of the AO model, which include contextualized, integrated and accelerated learning, and for-credit career pathways that provide valued occupational credentials.

This initiative was launched under the management and guidance of Jobs for the Future (JFF) and in partnership with the National College Transition Network (NCTN), the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE), and the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges in Washington State.

JFF contracted with the Urban Institute and its partners - the Aspen Institute and the George Washington University - to carry out an independent evaluation of the initiative. AspenWSI is co-leading the implementation component of the evaluation with the Urban Institute.

The initiative is supported by a consortium of foundations, that includes The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The Open Society Foundations, The W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and The University of Phoenix Foundation.

Read the report here.

 

ETA Requests Comments on Proposed Revisions to Senior Community Service Employment Program Performance Measurement System


The Employment and Training Administration is currently soliciting comments concerning the collection of data for program performance reports, including a customer satisfaction survey, for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The current expiration date for the Office of Management and Budget's approval of these data collection forms is March 31, 2015.

Written comments are due by January 5, 2015.

The November 5, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER provides complete background and instruction for the submission of comments.

Excerpt:

Originally authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is funded for approximately $434 million for PY 2014 and will provide over 44,000 positions in which nearly 69,000 low-income persons aged 55 or older will be placed in community service employment.

A slight upward adjustment in burden hours is due to the recent awarding of 14 new discretionary grants (of one year duration), for which we are collecting additional information. We are also including an estimated burden of 2 hours per quarter, per grant, for the quarterly narrative report.

 

Department of Commerce Announces Next Phase of Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Initiative


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on October 31, 2014 announced the opening of the competition for the next round of designations under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative, building on the momentum from the first-ever Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Summit in Washington, DC.

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, an Administration-wide initiative coordinated by the U.S. Commerce Department, is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide. Specifically, the program aligns federal economic development investments behind long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports. Secretary Pritzker announced the first 12 communities to receive a designation under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership in May 2013, and this competition seeks to double the number of IMCP-designated communities across the country.

The FEDERAL REGISTER Notice detailing the application process will be posted in the coming weeks. As with the first round of competition, in order to earn the designation, communities need to demonstrate the significance of manufacturing already present in their region and develop strategies to make investments in six areas: 1) workforce and training, 2) advanced research, 3) infrastructure and site development, 4) supply chain support, 5) trade and international investment, 6) operational improvement and capital access.

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Human Trafficking: HHS/ACF Seeks Comment on Data Collection Form for Child Victims; Seeks Comment on 'Rescue & Restore Regional Program Project Data' with Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Components


The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008, Public Law 110-457, directs the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), upon receipt of credible information that an alien child may have been subjected to a severe form of trafficking in persons and is seeking Federal assistance available to victims of trafficking, to promptly determine if the child is eligible for interim assistance. The law further directs the Secretary of HHS to determine if a child receiving interim assistance is eligible for assistance as a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons after consultation with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and nongovernmental organizations with expertise on victims of severe form of trafficking.

In developing procedures for collecting the necessary information from potential child victims of trafficking, their case managers, attorneys, or other representatives to allow HHS to grant interim eligibility, HHS devised a form. HHS has determined that the use of a standard form to collect information is the best way to ensure requestors are notified of their option to request assistance for child victims of trafficking and to make prompt and consistent determinations about the child'''s eligibility for assistance.

Click here for additional background in the November 12 FEDERAL REGISTER which specifies the content requirements of the form. Comments should be submitted within 30 to 60 days.

HHS/ACF has also published a notice on November 12 for the Rescue & Restore Regional Program Project Data. The Rescue & Restore Program has the following objectives:

(1) Identification and Referral of Foreign Victims of Human Trafficking: To identify foreign victims of trafficking and refer them to service delivery systems.

(2) Training and Technical Assistance: To build local capacity by providing training and technical assistance on human trafficking to local organizations not involved in a local coalition.

(4) Public Awareness: To promote the public's awareness of human trafficking by educating the public about the dangers of human trafficking, possible indicators of sex and labor trafficking, and the protections available to victims.

To measure each grant project's performance progress and the success of the program, and to assist grantees to assess and improve their projects over the course of the project period, ACF proposes to require grantees to input numbers for each numeric indicator and other information for qualitative indicators into a spreadsheet during the 36-month project period.

HHS/ACF is also requesting comments on a new collection -- Trafficking Victims Tracking System. Click here for the November 12 notice.

Also see: Training and Employment Guidance Letter 09-12 -- Human Trafficking: The Role of the Public Workforce System in the Delivery of Services and Referrals to Victims of Trafficking

 

EPA Announces December 4 Webinar on FY 2015 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines/Requests for Proposals


The Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a webinar on December 4 provide an overview of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grant Application Guidelines/Request for Proposals (RFP) and competition. Prospective applicants will be provided an opportunity to ask questions and gain useful information for submitting a strong proposal. Changes from the FY14 EWDJT competition will also be covered.

December 4th 2:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time
Call-in number: (866) 299-3188, conference code: 2025662772#

To join the meeting, please go to the following link:
https://epa.connectsolutions.com/r53z0s9dvb4

 

U.S. Cluster Mapping Official Launch: Presentations and PowerPoints Now Available


Excerpts from the U.S. Cluster Mapping newsletter:

The U.S. Cluster Mapping tool (ClusterMapping.us) provides over 50 million open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments to promote economic growth and U.S. competitiveness. The project is led by Professor Michael Porter through Harvard Business School''''s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Professor Porter launched the new U.S. Cluster Mapping tool on September 29th as part of a two-day conference called Mapping the Midwest's Future, hosted by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The conference hosted over 200 business leaders, policymakers, economic development officials and academics from twelve Midwest states and four Canadian provinces. Professor Michael Porter delivered a keynote speech at the launch event of the new U.S. Cluster Mapping tool in Minneapolis on September 29th, which focused on U.S. competitiveness and cluster-based economic development, to reshape the approach to economic development in the U.S. based on a deeper understanding of the drivers of competitiveness in the modern global economy. PDF of PowerPoint Presentation

In his speech, Professor Porter laid out a cluster-based approach to economic development and growth, focusing on competitiveness and innovation. He emphasized the need for a bottom-up approach led by the private sector. There are many positive examples of clusters helping to drive regional development initiatives in the Midwest, from Milwaukee's Water Council to NorTech, a technology-focused organization that strengthens Northeast Ohio by accelerating regional innovation. Learn more

Professor Mercedes Delgado from Temple University's Fox School of Business and Professor Scott Stern from MIT Sloan School of Management delivered a presentation at the launch event of the new U.S. Cluster Mapping tool in Minneapolis on September 29th, which focused on the underlying research and methodology behind cluster mapping. PDF of PowerPoint Presentation

October 2, 2014 webinar walkthrough, presented to SelectUSA

Videos and additional presentations from the event will be available next week at clustermapping.us

 

Retirement of QWI Online and Industry Focus


With the release of QWI Explorer, the QWI Online and Industry Focus applications have been officially retired. The Census Bureau now encourages the use QWI Explorer and the LED Extraction Tool for access to the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset. Questions and comments can be directed to CES.QWI.Feedback@census.gov.
 

Census Bureau Seeks Public Comment on Excision of Questions from ACS; Proposes "Undergraduate Field of Degree" for Removal


The Census Bureau announced on October 31 that it is seeking public comment on the potential removal of seven questions to the American Community Survey (ACS). Comments are due by December 30, 2014.

Note that one of the seven questions under consideration for removal is:

Person Question No. 12--Undergraduate Field of Degree--This question focuses on this person''s Bachelor's Degree. Please print below the specific major(s) of any Bachelor's Degrees this person has received.
Through the October 31 invitation, the public is invited to comment on all questions on the American Community Survey; however, the Census Bureau is particularly interested in comments on the seven identified ACS questions. Census notes: “Federal agencies that are the principal sponsors of these seven questions are invited to respond either directly to the Census Bureau or through this notice and provide revised or additional justification for these questions, especially concerning strategies to reduce respondent burden. We would anticipate comments concerning such strategies as examining alternative data sources, changes to wording or presentation, using a more limited sample, reducing question frequency, federal agency collaboration on the review of statutes or regulations, among others."

To view all 2014 ACS questions by category with their associated justifications, please visit: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/about_the_survey/acs_content_review/.

 

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Health Information Technology: HHS Publishes Meeting Schedules for 2014 Standards and Policy Committees; Proposes Reinstatement of Report


Subjects: Federal policy and advisory groups; Federal data collections; ETA grants-in-aid supporting health information technology; at Healthcare VCN; Creating a Career Pathway in Health Information Professions, Supporting the Emerging Health Information Technology Workforce through Partnerships'webinar; Training and Employment Notice 14-11 (Implementation of Electronic Health Records); Competency Model for Health - Electronic Health Records; Resource Guide for Health Information Technology.
The Department of Health and Human Services has published the meeting schedule for the Health Information Technology Standards Committee for 2015. The Committee provide recommendations to the National Coordinator on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information for purposes of adoption, consistent with the implementation of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, and in accordance with policies developed by the Health IT Policy Committee.

The committee will hear reports during these meetings from its workgroups and updates from ONC and other Federal agencies. ONC intends to make background material available to the public no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting start time. If ONC is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, it will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on ONC's Web site after the meeting, at http://www.healthit.gov/FACAS/health-it-standards-committee

HHS has also published the 2015 meeting schedule for the Health IT Policy Committee. This Committee provide recommendations to the National Coordinator on a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that permits the electronic exchange and use of health information as is consistent with the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan and that includes recommendations on the areas in which standards.

The committee will hear reports during these meetings from its workgroups and updates from ONC and other Federal agencies. ONC intends to make background material available to the public no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting start time. If ONC is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, it will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on ONC's Web site after the meeting, at http://www.healthit.gov/FACAS/health-it-policy-committee.

Reinstatement of Data Collection The OS/Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced today it is requesting approval by OMB for reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection of information (OMB control number 0990-0013). The ONC seeks to add the:

  • collection of information requirement in Sec. 170.523(f)(8) for ONC-ACBs to report to ONC a hyperlink with each EHR technology they certify that provides the public with the ability to access the test results used to certify the EHR technology.
  • collection of information requirement in Sec. 170.540(c) for ONC-ACBs to submit a renewal request, containing any updates to the information in Sec. 170.520, every three years.

Under the ONC HIT Certification Program, accreditation organizations that wish to become the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) must submit certain information, organizations that wish to become and remain an ONC-ACB must submit the information specified by the application and renewal requirements, and ONC-ACBs must comply with collection and reporting requirements, records retention requirements, and submit annual surveillance plans and annually report surveillance results.

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HUD Releases Two Year Progress Report on Sandy Rebuilding Strategy


Note: Recommendation #48 on promoting best practices of local workforce agencies appears on page 105 of the new HUD report on Sandy Rebuilding. The recapitulation of all recommendations, agency leads, and completion status begins on page 159.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Sandy Program Management Office (PMO) has issued a report tracking progress on the Sandy Rebuilding Strategy. The report is now available online.

The Rebuilding Strategy, released by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in August 2013, includes a long-term plan that guides Sandy Supplemental spending, drives regional coordination, and makes communities more resilient to future disasters.

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Meeting the Needs of Workers and Employers: MDRC Reports on Implementation of Sector-Focused Career Advancement Model for Low-Skilled Adults


From MDRC’s latest newsletter: The WorkAdvance program model integrates the most promising features of two especially important areas of workforce policy: “sectoral” strategies, which seek to meet the needs of both workers and employers by preparing individuals for quality jobs in specific high-demand industries or occupational clusters, and job retention and career advancement strategies, which seek to improve workers’ prospects for sustained employment and upward mobility. Specifically, the WorkAdvance model offers the following sequence of sector-focused program components to participants for up to two years after enrollment: preemployment and career readiness services, occupational skills training, job development and placement, and postemployment retention and advancement services. WorkAdvance programs are currently operated by four organizations (two in New York City, one in Tulsa, and one in Greater Cleveland) that focus on a variety of sectors and bring different types of experience and approaches to the implementation of WorkAdvance.

This first report presents early findings on how the four local program providers translated the WorkAdvance model into a workable program. It offers lessons that may be helpful to organizations seeking to implement a sector-focused career advancement program like WorkAdvance.

The WorkAdvance program operations and evaluation are funded through the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a public-private partnership administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This SIF project is led by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) in collaboration with MDRC.

Key Findings

  • The WorkAdvance model is demanding, requiring providers to work effectively with both employers and program participants and to incorporate a postemployment advancement component that was new to all of the providers. Yet all four providers are now delivering each of the WorkAdvance components, with postemployment services being the least developed.

  • Screening for program entry was driven by employer needs; as a result, on average, only one in five applicants were eligible and qualified for the program.

  • The “soft skills” taught in career readiness classes appear to have been as important to participants and employers as the technical skills acquired from occupational skills training.

  • Early indications are that completion rates for occupational skills training are high, although they vary somewhat across the providers. In most cases, completion of the training led to the earning of an industry-recognized credential, which is a critical first step toward getting a job in the sector.

    Support from the Social Innovation Fund for WorkAdvance program operations will continue through June 2015. MDRC’s second report, in late 2015, will examine WorkAdvance implementation in more depth and will present findings on program costs as well as impacts on employment, earnings, and other outcomes of the program.

    Executive Summary Full Report