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This study makes the case that more investment in community organizing can pay impressive dividends in community stabilization and other economic benefits. It offers models for collaboration, a framework for translating ideals into concrete results, best practices for targeting precious resources where they will do the most good, as well as methodology for projecting and measuring effectiveness.

Read more: Community Organizing As Job Creator: An Investment That Works For All

Introduction

In April 2009 the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) surveyed workforce development programs that connect individuals to jobs and apprenticeship opportunities in the construction sector. The survey was prompted by growing interest in work opportunities within the construction sector. The Obama administration was then preparing to invest large scale in the nation's infrastructure, promote opportunities to retrofit, weatherize, and otherwise reduce energy consumption, and create "green jobs." In thinking about the jobs these types of investments could create, one of the core questions that arose was how do we, as a nation, prepare people for and connect them to new opportunities that emerge in the construction industry?

Read more: Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Results from a National Survey