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Blog post preview: Equitable Workforce Development through Skill Integration and Economic Mobility

In a world increasingly shaped by innovation and technology, the role of economic development intertwined with a skilled and empowered workforce is critical. Our interview with Phil Brooks of the University City Science Center in Philadelphia offers valuable insights into creating a current and future-ready workforce. 

Brooks highlights the potential for enhancing economic mobility through effective workforce development programs, such as the Building an Understanding of Lab Basics (BULB) program. His focus on inclusivity and strong partnerships is a model for bridging the gap between community needs and emerging sectors like biotechnology.

Although the interview does not directly address transportation, it's worth noting that accessible and affordable transportation plays an essential role in creating an equitable workforce. Having a job or educational opportunity is only beneficial if one can actually get there. As such, transportation infrastructure is a crucial but often overlooked element of workforce planning. It enables economic development by providing access to education centers for skill development and facilitating easier commutes to job placements.

This is more than just an interview; it's a meaningful conversation for anyone interested in how education, employment, and community development can be interconnected to foster economic mobility for all.

If you're keen on understanding community planning, economic development, or the details behind workforce development that serves the broader community, this dialogue with Phil Brooks offers much to consider. It's a compelling look at how economic mobility can become a reality for communities, supported by thoughtful planning and effective partnerships.

Instead of looking at a professional relationship as transactional, look at it as mutual/ transformative. Finding mutual respect and aligning goals takes work, and individuals tend to need to catch up on why they are doing the work in the first place.


developments & real estate, development planning, economic development, economics, equity and inclusion, strategy & policy