Resources

Count on MAX for access to timely reports and other sources of information related to workforce development. The current library is listed below. Check back in the future to see what we’ve added.

Reports and Studies

Uneven Opportunity: Employer Preferences for Middle Skill Jobs
2017: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Focusing on four opportunity occupations that have not historically required a four-year college degree — computer user support specialists, registered nurses, retail sales supervisors, and executive secretaries — this paper seeks to understand why employers’ preferences for college-educated candidates vary dramatically across metro areas. After controlling for the characteristics of the jobs themselves, the research suggests that employers’ preferences for a bachelor’s degree are higher where recent college graduates are relatively more numerous, where wages are higher, in larger metro areas, and in the Northeast. In these types of markets, workers with lower levels of formal education qualify for relatively fewer jobs than is the case in other regional economies.

Educators and Policymakers Report
2016: Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) and Accenture
This 2016 report by the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), in collaboration with Accenture, clearly defines where skills and talent gaps exist using recent data from a variety of sources including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Burning Glass Technologies, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and National Center for Education Statistics, to name a few. The report was also informed by interviews and focus groups with key business and workforce leaders. Recommendations to help metro Atlanta take proactive steps to better align education and career readiness programs with market demand are presented.

Metro Atlanta Regional Workforce Plan
2016: City of Atlanta, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, and Atlanta Regional Workforce Boards
As required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the five Local Workforce Development Boards in the 10-county metro Atlanta region (Workforce Region 3) have prepared a regional workforce plan for the City of Atlanta and the counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale. The plan became available for review in July 2016.

Models for Labor Market Intermediaries
2016: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
This ebook explores the role of community and economic development organizations in workforce development and the importance of fostering and facilitating partnerships to address local workforce challenges. The Atlanta Fed ebook is a collaboration with national experts in workforce development. The ebook contains case studies that highlight local and regional efforts across the country. Chapters describe practices within governmental intermediaries or on entities outside of government, including universities, not-for-profit organizations, industry associations, businesses, and community and economic development organizations.

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century
2015: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Rutgers University
This ebook explores how new policies and practice can meet the changing needs of workers, businesses and their communities. Produced in partnership by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City, and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, this edited volume presents contributions from more than 65 leading scholars and practitioners engaged in workforce development.

December 2014 MAX Workforce Forum: Summary of Polling and Table Discussions
February, 2015: Metro Atlanta eXchange for Workforce Solutions Project Team

Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative Report
December 10, 2014: Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia

Metro Atlanta Workforce Development Landscape: Analysis of Survey Results
November, 2014: Metro Atlanta eXchange for Workforce Solutions
In-depth analysis of the region’s workforce organizations, their services, and challenges, based on data supplied by portal respondents.

Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America’s Skills
November 10, 2014: Accenture, Burning Glass Technologies, and Harvard Business School

Side-By-Side Comparison of Occupational Training and Adult Education & Family Literacy Provisions in the WIA and WIOA
October 24, 2014: National Skills Coalition

Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree Is Reshaping the Workforce
September, 2014: Burning Glass Technologies, Inc.

New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults: Key Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
September, 2014: CLASP

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Governor/State Shall and May Provisions
September 4, 2014: National Governors Association

Bad Times for Good Jobs: Georgia’s Shrinking Middle Class Opportunity
July 2014: Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Workforce Strategy Project: Final Report and Implementation Plan
July 31, 2014: Invest Atlanta, City of Atlanta, Maher & Maher

Labor and Industry Data

Atlanta Region Overview and Targeted Industry Workforce Trends-2014 (Full Report)
November 2014: Atlanta Regional Commission, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Atlanta CareerRise
A real time labor market data analysis of key sectors in the metro’s economy, including software development, wireless/mobility, internet security, digital media and gaming, financial transactions processing, bioscience, health IT software development, supply chain & logistics, hospitality, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Georgia IT Job Trends
November, 2014: Technology Association of Georgia

Georgia Middle Skills Fact Sheet
Aug 28, 2014: National Skills Coalition

TAG State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report
July, 2014: Technology Association of Georgia

HUB Magazine – Georgia’s Technology Industry Magazine
Published Quarterly: Technology Association of Georgia

Online Resources

Georgia Work Ready Online Participant Portal
Online guide to training providers and schools eligible for Workforce Investment Act-funded participants. Also contains Career Explorer.