Issue-Specific Resources: Changing Work and World

"The ability to maximize the productive potential of every American of working age, through investment in education and training will be essential to sustain future growth."–Michael E. Porter and Debra van Opstal (2001)











  1. Atkinson, R., & Andes, S. (2008, November). The 2008 state new economy index: Benchmarking economic transformation in the states. Washington, D.C.: The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

    Publisher Description: "In a report sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, ITIF employs 29 indicators to assess the extent to which the 50 state economies are structured according to the tenets of the New Economy. The changing economic landscape requires state economies to be innovative, globally-linked, entrepreneurial and dynamic, with an educated workforce and all sectors embracing the use of information technology. The report, which updates and expands on the State New Economy Index reports from 2002 and 2007, ranks the states accordingly…With these measures as a frame of reference, the report outlines the next generation of innovative state-level public policies needed to meet the challenges of the New Economy, improve state competitiveness and boost incomes of all Americans. 84 pages.

  2. Atkinson, R. (2005, Summer). "Prospering in an Era of Economic Transformation." Economic Development Journal, 4(3), 33-37.

    Author Abstract: "The article addresses the need for focusing on the economy of the U.S. which is undergoing fundamental transformations, and suggests that regions and communities need to restructure their economies to align themselves with new economic realities. They can effect adaptation and innovation in the sectors and functions with their inherent competitive advantages. Insights gained from the past can positively affect current practice. It argues that economists have had the wrong focus and should rather look to economic development practice, the evolution of economy of companies, investors, workers, institutions and places. Evolutionary economics has the real economy as its focus. INSET: Digital Transformation on Main Street." 5 pages.

  3. Cobert, R. (2005, Fall). "21st Century Jobs." Economic Development Journal, 4(4), 34-39.

    Author Abstract: "This article examines and compares the U.S. national workforce history and trends with those of Baltimore County, Maryland. In the 20th century, employment in the U.S. has undergone an extensive transformation. This article highlights the fastest growing industries and outlines job titles expected to grow in the region, by analyzing labor, demographic and economic trends. In the late twentieth century, extensive growth in population was experienced by Baltimore County. It is suggested by Baltimore County's population aging that the smaller generations that immediately follow the baby boom will find an abundance of work opportunities in virtually every field." 6 pages.

  4. DeRocco, E.S. (2005, Fall). "Talent development is a key ingredient for economic development." Economic Development America, 4-6.

    "[This] article was adapted from a speech given by Assistant Secretary DeRocco to the Economic Development Administration’s Symposium for 21st Century Economic Development . . . It is at the regional level where talent development can help to spur economic growth and provide hope and opportunity to regions that have lost both." 3 pages.

  5. Drucker, P. (2001, November 1). "The next society." The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com on September 19, 2006.

    Editor Introduction: "Tomorrow is closer than you think. Peter Drucker explains how it will differ from today, and what needs to be done to prepare for it."

  6. The Education for Innovation Initiative. (2008). Gaining momentum: Losing ground. (Tapping America's Potential 2008 Progress Report). Washington, D.C.: Business Roundtable.

    From Executive Summary: "In July 2005, Business Roundtable and fifteen of America’s most prominent business organizations – Tapping America’s Potential, the TAP coalition – issued a report stating that 'one of the pillars of American economic prosperity – U.S. scientific and technological superiority – is beginning to atrophy even as other nations are developing their own human capital.' America faces a critical talent gap in science, technology, engineering and math, and is not keeping pace with foreign competition…America is falling well short of the TAP goal, although data on U.S. math, science and engineering graduates are only available through 2006…Without prompt congressional action on the TAP agenda, America’s science and technology enterprise will continue to stagnate while competitor nations around the world ramp up their own investments in math and science education and science and engineering research." 24 pages.

  7. Florida, R. (2003, March). The New American Dream. The Atlantic Monthly.

    "The economy will prosper again when more Americans can do the work they love. The party that realizes this first wins…The American Dream is no longer just about money. Better pay, a nice house, and a rising standard of living will always be attractive…The new American Dream is to maintain a reasonable living standard while doing work that we enjoy doing." 9 pages.

  8. Friedman, T. (2005, June). "Globalization 3.0." Blueprint, 2005(2), 36-41.

    Author Abstract: "Presents an excerpt from the book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas L. Friedman." 6 pages.

  9. Giloth, R. P. (2000, November). "Learning from the field: economic growth and workforce development in the 1990s." Economic Development Quarterly, 14(4), 340-359

    Author Abstract: "Research is presented concerning six areas of development learning for workers and the lack of links between the labor market and the school education system. The preparation of disadvantaged workers for employment is discussed." 20 pages.

  10. Hebert, S., & Waldron, T. (2007). Strengthening workforce policy: Applying the lessons of the jobs initiative to five key challenges. Baltimore, MD: Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    Publisher Description: "This report identifies five central problems that confront policymakers who are interested in improving workforce development programs. Based on lessons learned from the Jobs Initiative, an eight-year Casey Foundation workforce initiative launched in 1995, the report outlines specific policy actions to address these challenges. The report focuses on policy at the local, state, and federal levels." 20 pages.

  11. McCallum, E. (2004, June). "Changing Economy." Area Development Site and Facility Planning, 39(3), 18.

    Author Abstract: "The use of offshore employees as part of the production process for U.S. firms has grown significantly over the last decade, although the practice is nothing new. According to a 2002 report by Jayati Ghosh & CP Chandrasekhar, in 1990 the share of world export percentage held by the United States was 33.5 percent, with China at 12.2 percent. In merely 10 years this picture has reversed itself. China is now well over 37 percent, with the United States at only 14 percent." 4 pages.

  12. National Center on Education and the Economy. (2007). Executive summary of Tough choices or tough times: The report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Washington, D.C.: Author.

    From Executive Summary: "A swiftly rising number of American workers at every skill level are in direct competition with workers in every corner of the globe…The core problem is that our education and training systems were built for another era. We can get where we must go only by changing the system itself." 28 pages.

  13. Taylor, R., Johnson, S., Hoke, L., Doron, S., Pennock, C., & Clinton, J. (2007). EnterpriseSouth.biz: The 2007 report on the future of the south. A project of the Council for a New Economy Workforce. Research Triangle Park, NC: Southern Growth Policies Board.

    Publisher Description: "EnterpriseSouth.biz calls for a cultural shift in the South to an enterprise economy, characterized by a workforce that is knowledgeable, entrepreneurial and innovative. EnterpriseSouth.biz outlines a three-pronged strategy: CONVENE, CONNECT and COMMIT to create an enterprise economy and workforce. The strategy proposes that Southern leaders CONVENE a series of conversations that include all the stakeholders in workforce development, to CONNECT the public more directly to education, and to maximize effectiveness within various public and private workforce efforts. The process is designed to lead parties to COMMIT to a non-partisan compact to build a southern workforce that is both enterprising and globally competitive. EnterpriseSouth.biz includes regional and state-level data on educational attainment and economic achievements as well as profiles of innovative programs." 91 pages.

    "Southern Growth also launched, www.enterprisesouth.biz to chronicle the Southern states' progress in implementing the CONVENE-CONNECT-COMMIT strategy. The website includes state workforce data, profiles of the report's strategies and a dynamic space for Southern states to track their activities and accomplishments."

  14. Ward, W. (2006, Winter). "manufacturing jobs 2005-2010." Economic Development Journal, 5(1), 7-15.

    Author Abstract: "The article discusses the condition of manufacturing sector worldwide and its implications for manpower development. The author thoroughly evaluated the manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and found a drastic decrease since 1990. Such decline was also noted across the globe and can be considered as a challenge for global economic developers to address such situation." 9 pages.

  15. Whitaker, D. (2006, May 17). The changing nature of work. PowerPoint presentation to the Georgia Economic Development Association.

    An outline of the changing nature of work and its implications for economic development. 30 slides.

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