Category Archives: Industrial Cities Initiative

Understanding the PCIT or What do Wauwatosa and Waltham have in Common?

By Susan Longworth, Taz George, and Mark O’Dell What do Wauwatosa, WI and Waltham, MA have in common? A new online data visualization instrument from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Community Development and Policy Studies division sheds light on … Continue reading

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CDPS Convenes Thought Leaders on Workforce Development

By: Emily Engel and Jason Keller Stemming from the Industrial Cities Initiative, which explored the economies of former Seventh District manufacturing hub cities over 50 years, the Chicago Fed’s Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) has placed a continued focus … Continue reading

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From classroom to career: An overview of current workforce development trends, issues, and initiatives

By Emily Engel and Daniel DiFranco Community Development and Policy Studies’ (CDPS) most recent Profitwise News and Views (PNV) entitled, “From classroom to career: An overview of current workforce development trends, issues, and initiatives,” derives from CDPS’ Industrial Cities Initiative (ICI). Since … Continue reading

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CDPS hosts a conversation on apprenticeships in manufacturing

By Jason Keller According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), registered apprenticeship, a model for preparing new generations of skilled workers that can be traced back to the Middle Ages, remains an important method for … Continue reading

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Industrial Cities Initiative Profiled in New Report

Community Development and Policy Studies at the Chicago Fed recently published profiles of a group of 10 cities that experienced significant manufacturing job loss in recent decades. The Industrial Cities Initiative (ICI) includes, Aurora and Joliet in Illinois; Fort Wayne … Continue reading

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The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership – A Showcase for Collaboration

By: Emily Engel and Jason Keller Outreach into the communities that Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) serve have stressed the continued need for coordinated workforce development efforts in the Seventh District. To gain a broader perspective on these issues as … Continue reading

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Community Colleges and Industry: How Partnerships Address the Skills Gap

By Emily Engel Community Development departments across the Federal Reserve System have for many years focused on workforce development measures as a means to address poverty. Low- and moderate-income (LMI) populations tend to have less education than higher income populations.  … Continue reading

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CABE event highlights measures of regional economic performance

By: Ryan Patton On September 26, 2013, the Chicago Association for Business Economics (CABE) hosted a lunch meeting with Steve Landefeld, Director of the US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  In his presentation … Continue reading

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Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) Update

In the course of CDPS field work on varying projects throughout the Seventh District, employers, educators, economic development groups and others – in varying contexts – have all raised concerns that the current high level of unemployment in the region … Continue reading

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Green Bay Profile

Written by Emily Engel Brief History on Green Bay Green Bay is the oldest settlement in Wisconsin.[1]  Settled by the French in the 17th century due to its strategic location at the junction of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers.  Green … Continue reading

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