Regional Innovation Award

The Regional Innovation Award recognizes organizations and alliances that are committed to building strong and vibrant communities through groundbreaking collaboration and program development. These organizations are pioneers within their region, focusing their efforts on the four principles of regional stewardship: an innovative economy, livable communities, social inclusion, and a collaborative style of governance.  

This year, the Regional Innovation Award committee is specifically encouraging applications from regional initiatives that are building a better equipped workforce—preparing the region to excel in a globally competitive economy through education attainment and workforce development initiatives.

See below for this year's Finalists and Winners!

2017 Regional Innovation Award Finalists and Winners:

  • West Alabama Works – submitted by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama
    West Alabama Works recruits, trains, and empowers a highly skilled workforce driven by industry needs. The mission of this initiative is to meet the workforce needs of businesses in the critical industries in the region and to helping residents, particularly low-income residents and people with barriers to employment, obtain jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. The vision of West Alabama Works is that businesses will take the lead of the regional workforce development system to respond rapidly.

  • CAREEROCKIT - submitted by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce (NE) - WINNER!!
    The Greater Omaha Chamber launched CAREEROCKIT to educate, excite and inspire members of tomorrow's workforce, help them soar to new heights, and rock future careers in their region. The first-of-its kind effort, enthusiastically supported by community partners, brought their business and educational communities together to help students move along the learning pipeline, gain applicable knowledge and build excitement for local career options, all to ensure their region can meet its current and future talent needs.

  • Middle Tennessee Reconnect Community - submitted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (TN) - WINNER!!
    Middle Tennessee Reconnect Community (MTRC) is a ten-county collaborative dedicated to supporting adults who aspire to earn a college degree to enter or reenter higher education (Reconnectors). The collaborative includes public and private nonprofit higher education institutions, the regions three workforce development boards, and community and employer partners. This initiative is part of the state’s strategy to help adults enter higher education to gain new skills, enter jobs that pay well, or advance in their current workplace.

  • Elevate, Retain and Attract + Bridge - submitted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development (PA)
    “Elevate, Retain and Attract + Bridge” (E. R. A. + B.) is a collective workforce strategy to align their education and training pipeline to meet projected workforce demand. The Allegheny Conference released an in-depth workforce report: “Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region,” spurred by innovation and technological change across every industry, and its implications for employers, educators and workforce talent.

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