White House Signs WIOA, Releases Inter-Agency Training Plan

President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22nd, after overwhelming approval in the House and Senate. WIOA is the most significant reform  of federal job training programs in more than 15 years. The majority of WIOA provisions will become effective on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment. Continue reading

Examining Historic Tax Credits

An old shoe factory in St. Paul is transformed into an LEED-certified affordable housing structure. Across the river in Minneapolis a disused library building becomes a neighborhood career and technology center. These are just two of the projects benefiting from the Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation State Tax Credit. Continue reading

House Passes the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 415-6. The legislation, authored by Senators Harkin, Alexander, Murray, and Isakson and Representatives Kline, Miller, Foxx, and Hinojosa, was previously approved by the Senate, 95-3. The legislation is now set to become law upon the President’s signature.

Read on for more information on:

  • The passage of the legislation
  • In-depth analysis by the National Skills Coalition

LMI Institute Expands Membership Opportunities

In 2013, the LMI Institute LMI Institute Logoboard of directors announced a name change, removing “Training” from its name, to better reflect the range of training, research, program management, and partnership facilitation services it offers the national labor market information (LMI) infrastructure.  The Institute also adopted new mission and vision statements, which emphasize its support for the entire LMI Infrastructure, inclusive of all LMI producers and users.

Delivering upon its mission, the LMI Institute launched a new membership model on July 1, 2014. Formerly, only state LMI agencies were eligible for membership. Now, new “Affiliate Membership” categories enable non-state LMI stakeholders to join the LMI Institute.

The LMI Institute is eager to diversify its member base, an action that is sure to strengthen its efforts to foster use of LMI in decision-making across workforce development, economic development, education, and other relevant policy areas.

For more information on LMI Institute memberships, please click here.


C2ER Attends SelectUSA Summer Forum

C2ER staffer Wen Sun attended the SelectUSA Summer Forum  held in Washington, DC on June 17th, where Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker unveiled the newly designed Access Costs Everywhere (ACE) framework, one of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)’s tools to assist manufacturers and other businesses investing in the United States. Secretary Pritzker also discussed the Department’s investments in a wide array of other initiatives, including the newly launched U.S. Cluster Mapping tool. Continue reading