Local and Regional Projects

Below is a sample of our local, regional and state work to build sustainable, skill-based economic growth.

Hampshire County Economic Growth and Opportunity: FutureWorks led a team from three chambers of commerce and a business-led council to build a shared strategy to stimulate business growth and extend economic opportunity to the area's residents. Read our Industry Snapshots and Crosscutting Themes compendium to the final report.

Hire Up Indy Workforce Council: FutureWorks has led a city-regional business-workforce effort to build new capacity to align credentialed students with demand from key industry drivers in Indianapolis. See the video on the strategy and The Challenge Ahead report and Central Indiana Tech Workforce Study Presentation.

Portland Development Funding and Economic Strategy:  FutureWorks recommendations helped the City of Portland build an aggressive strategy to maintain its "first mover" status for sustainable economic development. The platform for our strategy and recommendation came from a larger Comparative Analysis report by FutureWorks of the financing and funding tools utilized by Portland's peer cities.

Southwest Connecticut Workforce Analysis: FutureWorks completed a comprehensive assessment in the Bridgeport-Stamford region that analyzed industry trends, demographic and educational output, and the future of work. Read a press releases for the project from the Fairfield County Business Journal.

Fund for Our Economic Future:  FutureWorks completed an assessment of Northeast Ohio's Fund for Our Economic Future to help it build new strategies and structure to advance business growth, talent development, and social inclusion. See one of the several by-products of our work with the Fund Catalyzing Regional Economic Transformation: Lessons from funder collaboration in Northeast Ohio.

New York Workforce Development Institute: Over the last five years FutureWorks has provided economic analysis to guide the institute's investments in economic and training development throughout the state. One of our recent projects with this labor-community organization is a feasibility assessment of a business accelerator in the Hudson Valley.

The Cleveland Foundation Career Education Initiative: FutureWorks' analysis and recommendations assisted the Foundation in developing initiatives to increase outcomes in career education in Cleveland's high schools and public post-secondary institutions. See the article in The Cleveland Plain Dealer describing our work.

Central Wisconsin Economic Strategy:  FutureWorks helped the Workforce Central Funders Collaborative identify economic development assets in the region and develop a plan to grow new jobs. The project was a response to concern in the region that it's not enough to simply prepare people for existing jobs without a strategic effort to create new jobs.

Louisiana Community College and Technical Education:  FutureWorks managed a multi-year project to assess new organization and delivery models of postsecondary education aligned with economic development in six regions of the state.   Our work with Louisiana Board of Regents and Community and Technical College system led to significant changes in postsecondary structure and delivery backed by state legislation.

Indiana Center for Education and Career Innovation: FutureWorks produced a demand-supply analysis for eleven business-workforce councils in Indiana. The reports are part of the center's effort to improve the design and delivery of technical education in the state. See the announcement of our analysis from the Workforce Data Quality Campaign Indiana Studies Workforce Supply Demand.

Greater Portland Economic Development Strategy:  FutureWorks completed a comprehensive economic development strategy for Greater Portland Inc. See the final report from this project, Portland Vancouver Metropolitan Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Ivy Tech Community College Strategic Planning:  Stretching over nearly four years and funded by grants from the Lumina Foundation, FutureWorks played a significant role in the strategic planning for Ivy Tech's transition to Indiana's community college. Our work helped the system develop new initiatives that were adopted by Indiana government and industry leaders.

Seattle Skills Building Initiative:  FutureWorks has helped build an investors' collaborative to align grant-making strategies and create a pooled investment fund. FutureWorks also helped develop an employer engagement strategy and a policy advocacy agenda.

Greater Boston Economic Strategy:  FutureWorks compiled and analyzed industry data to identify key clusters and economic trends for the region's economic development plan, which was submitted to the federal Economic Development Administration.

Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Manufacturing Analysis:  FutureWorks analyzed short and long term needs in the industry and the adequacy of the workforce training system and funding in Central Indiana. Our recommendations helped CICP take a stronger role in workforce education and contributed to the launch of the organization's manufacturing initiative.

Coastal Enterprises Inc. Multi-Year Program Evaluation:  Over five years, FutureWorks evaluated finance and job creation programs for CEI, a Maine-based community development finance institution.

Work Systems Inc. Workforce Strategic Planning: FutureWorks' two back-to-back projects with the WIB in Portland, Oregon developed key workforce programming areas based on occupational demand. FutureWorks' recommendations led to over $10 million in coordinated regional programming shortly after the project was completed.

Innovation Strategy for Lancaster County Community Foundation:  FutureWorks facilitated a strategy planning process to help the community foundation and its partners arrive at an investment strategy to strengthen the region's culture of innovation.

Northwest Pennsylvania Economic Development Strategy:  FutureWorks produced an economic development strategy and action plan for an eight-county region in Northwest Pennsylvania.

Greater Washington Health Care Labor Market Analysis:  The Greater Washington Board of Trade commissioned FutureWorks to conduct an analysis of Greater Washington's health care workforce. The project involved a complex data analysis, interviews and consensus building with industry leaders to better understand the workforce challenges, opportunities and successes for the industry.