Publication Date



ETA occasional paper; 2009-19


This is the first report from the evaluation of Generations II and III of the Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development Initiative... This interim report presents baseline information from all 26 regions. It reflects the status of regional activities as of the summer of 2008, when many regions were in the initial stage of implementation. Thus, the report focuses on the development of partnerships, governance arrangements, and the design of decision-making processes. In early 2006, ETA announced the initial recipients of grants to promote regional collaboration of a wide range of public and private organizations with the goal of transforming their regional approaches for addressing economic challenges. The grants were intended to bring together diverse regional organizations in order to work towards economic stability and workforce growth. Thirteen additional regions were competitively selected for grants in January 2007, followed by a final 13 in June 2007. These grantees are collectively referred to as Generations II and III.


U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Issue Date

November 23, 2009


Issued by Public Policy Associates and W.E. Upjohn Institute; Contributing authors from Public Policy Associates: Nicholas Armit, Colleen Graber, Jeff Kaplow, David McConnell, Nancy McCrohan, Jeff Padden, Lawrence Rosen, Nathalie Winans, Scott Southard; contributing authors from Upjohn Institute: George Erickcek, Brad Watts


U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Contract Number DOLJ071A20606

Subject Areas

EDUCATION; Postsecondary education; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning; Regional collaboration




Hewat, Nancy and Kevin Hollenbeck. 2009. "Nurturing America's Growth in the Global Marketplace Through Talent Development: An Interim Report on the Evaluation of Generations II and III of WIRED." Report submitted to U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.