The creation of quality jobs in a challenging economy requires rethinking existing strategies. The Federal Reserve and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) have partnered to offer free podcast interviews with economic development practitioners and academics. Podcasts cover innovative postrecessionary economic development strategies, emerging trends in job creation and workforce development, small business trends, and health care issues.
The Federal Reserve: A Crucial Player in Informing Economic Development
How does the Fed engage in economic development across the country? Will Lambe of the Atlanta Fed and Daniel Davis of the St. Louis Fed discuss various Bank initiatives in the Economic Development podcast.
Strength in Numbers: Regional Workforce Collaboration
Close collaboration in the workforce development field is the current trend, creating a more accessible system for businesses and job seekers alike. The Atlanta Fed's Stuart Andreason and Dee Baird of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance discuss research findings on how the various players collaborate in the Economic Development podcast.
Digital Badging: Credentialing Soft Skills for Better Workplace Outcomes
New research points to soft skills as an important indicator for success in the workplace. Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly, and Laura Lippman, senior fellow at Child Trends, discuss digital badging as a way to document these currently amorphous workplace skills in this Economic Development podcast episode.
A Promising Approach: Improving Graduation Rates and Building a Better Workforce
High school graduation rates can have a broad effect on an area's economic vitality. How can communities implement programs to help students graduate while also providing work skills? Mike Beatty, of Great Promise Partnership, and Mike Wiggins, formerly of Southwire Company, discuss an exemplary model in an Economic Development podcast episode.
Connecting People to Work: Lessons Learned in Sectoral Approaches
How can sector-based workforce development strategies address the needs of both employers and job seekers? Maureen Conway of the Aspen Institute and Fred Dedrick of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions discuss a recent book on the topic in an Economic Development podcast episode.
Looking Around the Corner: The Future of Economic Development
How can local economic development strategies evolve to address demographic changes, technological innovation, and increasing global competitiveness? Dan Gundersen, a former senior commerce official, and Rick Weddle, president of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, discuss the topic in an Economic Development podcast episode.