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Industry Partnerships Advocacy

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Join us in supporting the Industry Partnerships program

Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships bring companies in the same sectors together to invest in core and cutting-edge skills designed to make entire industries more competitive, nationally and globally. For Pennsylvania’s $600 billion economy, industry partnerships are a bipartisan, business-labor, and public-private approach that works effectively and quickly. 

The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association (PWDA), the voice of the state’s 22 workforce investment boards, has been working closely with a broad base of stakeholders that are advocating for the IP program in the state budget. PWDA has included some advocacy resources to this email in order to help publicize the importance of the IP program to our networks across the state.

Governor Wolf’s proposed budget includes a substantial increase (nearly $10 million) for the Industry Partnership (IP) program. Although the budget has a long way to go before being approved, PWDA believes this is a positive first step in supporting industry partnerships that keep workers on-the-job while upgrading their skills, certifications and knowledge.

Advocacy Resources

Philadelphia Inquirer Op Ed

Industry Partnership Talking Points 2015

Upskill Pennsylvania’s Workforce to Boost Competitiveness and Opportunity

Mackenzie-Gergely IP Letter

Letter to Governor Wolf

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Michelle Griffin Young: Industry partnerships a winning combination for Pennsylvania

Read the latest report on the FY 2013-2014 Industry Partnerships program from the PA Department of Labor & Industry.

Here is recent editorial in PennLive by Steve Herzenberg (Keystone Research Center) and Kelly Lewis (Lewis Strategic).

Read Anthony Newberry’s op-ed in the Bucks County Courier Times.

It’s Easy to ​Join Us​: It only takes 30 seconds to join us in supporting Industry Partnerships! 

We encourage you to submit a personalized op-ed to your local newspaper supporting the Industry Partnership program. Here is an op-ed template that can help you get started.

PA Workforce Development Association