State Workforce Activities to Support Mission Growth

Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Issue Brief, February 4, 2009

From the press release:
States across the nation are taking action to ensure an adequate workforce is available to support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as it adjusts to meet the demands of the 21st century, according to a new Issue Brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).

The Issue Brief, State Workforce Activities to Support Mission Growth, examines the workforce challenges states face in conjunction with these shifting priorities – known as “mission growth” – and how states are addressing these emerging workforce needs.

Significant growth in the mission of many military bases across the country is placing substantial burden on affected states to attract and develop a large and diverse workforce in a short timeframe. Thousands of new workers are needed to fill diverse civilian jobs both at military bases and in the surrounding communities within the next few years. In addition to construction and maintenance workers, teachers, doctors, nurses, childcare workers and police, highly skilled workers with backgrounds in engineering, science, electronics and communications will be required.

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