The number of workforce development programs has expanded significantly, but there is a notable lack of collaboration and coordination across the many initiatives that often operate in the same places doing the same things.

This post is a reponse to a March 21, 2014 article in the San Francisco Business Times: San Francisco Seeks to Coordinate Workforce Development Programs.

As public focus has turned toward domestic issues more heavily in the last few years, there has been a renewed emphasis on addressing unemployment. As a result, the number of workforce development programs has expanded significantly, but there is a notable lack of collaboration and coordination across the many initiatives that often operate in the same places doing the same things. To address this disconnect, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed a new entity that will facilitate a more cohesive approach to the work. I hope that this pivot will enable cross-sector collaboration, mutually agreed upon target outcomes, and a learning environment as these are some of the principles of Collective Impact that we have seen point to early evidence of needle moving results in The Integration Initiative at Living Cities.