Strategic Plan


Project Overview

Over the next few months, the Workforce Development Board will be preparing a 5-year Business Plan for Workforce Development that will guide the Board and Michigan Works! in strategically investing workforce development funding and services to accelerate job growth and job placement in growth sectors of the regional economy.

Lead Agency:    Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

Project Management:     Washtenaw County Michigan Works! Agency


A2Y Chamber
Ann Arbor SPARK
Eastern Michigan University Business School
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute
Small Business Technology and Development Center
University of Michigan Tech Transfer
Washtenaw Community College

Project Outputs

  1. Identification of which clusters of occupations provide the best opportunities for workforce development investment.
  2. Identification of the labor, skills and workforce development business services needs for thigh growth clusters.  This includes the identification of the talent pipeline (the knowledge, skills and abilities of the regional workforce) that will help drive the regional economy.
  3. Identification of ways workforce development, education and business acceleration services can better work together to grow jobs in these occupations.  This includes program and service collaborations with business, education and workforce development service providers.
  4. Development of a 5-year Business Plan for workforce development including actions for training, business services, alignment of workforce and business acceleration services, metrics and program budgets.


The Process

Process Overview and Timeframe

Information and Reports

State Vision and Direction for Economic & Workforce Development - Elliot Forsyth, Workforce Development Agency, State of MI

Regional/ Local Vision & Direction for Economic Development - Paul Krutko. CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK

USDOL Guide to Workforce Data

University of Michigan 2011- 2013 Economic Forecast

State of Michigan Employment Statistics (Unadjusted Data)

Washtenaw County ETCS Annual Report and Strategic Plan 2007-2008

Washtenaw County Labor Assessment 2008

 Washtenaw County Community Economic Development Strategy


For additional information contact Tony VanDerworp at

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