Here's How We Powered Progress for Our Workforce Strategy in 2016

Identifying Challenges

Engaging Stakeholders

The Allegheny Conference presented Inflection Point’s findings to regional stakeholders and through media outreach. Hundreds are pledging to help close the workforce gap.

Educators and companies are rising to the challenge in response to the report:

  • Actively engaging the Consortium for Public Education and The Pittsburgh Promise to connect with regional K-12 superintendents, principals, guidance counselors and classroom teachers to develop new career awareness tools for use in the classroom that build on the report findings

  • K-12 and post-secondary schools are re-evaluating programs to better align curriculum with high-demand occupations and employer-driven skill requirements

  • Regularly convening HR executives for feedback to better connect employers and educators for meaningful collaboration, creating ongoing partnerships


Here’s How We’re Bridging the Gap

Elevating Talent

The Appalachia Partnership Initiative (API) invests in programs that prepare students and the workforce with the education and skills needed to stay and thrive in the tri-state region. Launched in 2014 with a $20 million commitment from Chevron Appalachia, LLC, API is a public-private partnership guided by the shared visions of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Chevron, and The Grable Foundation, with support from RAND Corporation as the project’s research and analysis partner. By the close of 2016, API projects attracted an additional $8 million from partners and other regional companies and non-profits that share this vision.


Retaining Talent

  • The Conference hosted local college student tours of the Pittsburgh region to showcase southwestern Pennsylvania as a viable place to start a career
  • We provided key points about Pittsburgh as a place of opportunity to 15 of the region’s college presidents to deliver to incoming students at freshman convocations

Attracting Talent

  • continues to be enhanced as a career exploration portal
  • We’re targeting high-demand talent through digital advertising campaigns in key markets in the Northeast U.S.