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Economic Growth Institute  |  2024

The Three Spheres of Equity in Workforce Development Programs

In 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act laid a foundation for innovation in equitable workforce development programs. Through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Good Jobs Challenge (GJC), regional leaders are developing sector-specific training programs aimed at addressing disparities and uplifting underserved communities by creating pipelines to good jobs. This report provides early insights into how the GJC programs are prioritizing equity through three interdependent spheres: Equity in Local Contextualization, Equity in the Leading Organization, and Equity in Program Delivery.

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