What is the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Labor Force Blueprint?

Across the state, economic growth is currently constrained by a labor shortage that jobseekers are unable to fill because they don’t possess requisite skills. In partnership with the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet, the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, and Greater Lowell Workforce Boards led a region-wide planning effort to develop strategies that bridge this gap. Included in this effort were the region’s workforce, economic development, education, and business leaders.

The Blueprint outlines priority industries, occupations, and strategies to support the current and future economy through allocations and programing.

The Blueprint will help to:

  • Coordinate and leverage a variety of localized efforts across three systems that may
    focus on the same businesses, occupations or industry pathways
  • Improve connectedness between employers and education/workforce systems
  • Develop new state level strategies and/or align existing state-level resources to
    respond to regional priorities or common priorities that emerge across all seven regions

Ultimately, this regional approach will provide opportunities for us to improve performance and outcomes for our customers (both companies and job-seekers) as well as partner organizations.

The Blueprint is prepared by the UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic & Public Policy Research Group