On February 6, 2003, seventy-fi ve men and women representing business, labor, academia, government, workforce intermediaries, academia, nonprofit organizations and the media gathered at Arden House in Harriman, New York, for the 102nd American Assembly entitled “Achieving Worker Success and Business Prosperity: The New Role for Workforce Intermediaries.” For three days, participants examined policies, approaches and actions that need to be taken to assure that workers have access to economic opportunity and to assure that employers have access to the skilled workforce required for them to be globally competitive.
This project was directed by Robert Giloth, director, The Annie E. Casey Foundation; John Colborn, deputy director, Economic Development Unit, The Ford Foundation; and Betsy Biemann, associate director, Working Communities, The Rockefeller Foundation. The project was also ably assisted by a steering committee of distinguished leaders from around the country, whose names and affi liations are listed in the appendix to this report.
Background papers were prepared for participants under the editorial supervision of Robert Giloth and will appear as chapters in a book tentatively entitled Workforce Intermediaries for the 21st Century, to be published by Temple University Press in fall 2003. The chapters are listed on the inside back cover.
During the Assembly, participants heard formal addresses by David Ellwood, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Science, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and Jeremy Nowak, president/CEO, The Reinvestment Fund. Richard M. McGahey, managing vice president, Abt Associates, Inc., moderated a panel of Timothy M. Barnicle, co-director, Workforce Development Program, National Center on Education and the Economy; Steve Crawford, director, Employment and Social Services Policy Studies, National Governors Association; and Jackie Edens, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, Chicago. Mr. Giloth also moderated an introductory panel that included Cynthia E. Marano, director, National Network of Sector Partners, National Economic Development and Law Center; Marlene Seltzer, president, Jobs for the Future; and Julie Strawn, senior policy analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy.
Following their discussions, participants issued this report on February 9, 2003. It contains both their findings and recommendations.
The text of this report is available on both The American Assembly’s website (http://www.americanassembly.com) and the project’s webpage (http://www.opportunitiesatwork.org), which also contains links to many of the organizations involved in this project.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Open Society Institute, Baltimore.
The American Assembly takes no positions on any subjects presented here for public discussion. In addition, it should be noted that participants took part in this meeting as individuals and spoke for themselves rather than for their affiliated organizations and institutions.
We would like to express special appreciation for the fi ne work of the discussion leaders, rapporteurs and advisors in helping to prepare the final draft of this report: Daniel Berry, Paul Brophy, Terri Feeley, Lisa Kaplan Gordon, Ed Hatcher, Cynthia Marano, Richard McGahey, Julie Strawn, and Orson Watson.
David H. Mortimer
The American Assembly