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Florida PYs 2020-2023 Published Approved

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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

    • a. State Strategy Implementation

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include–

      • 2. Implementation of State Strategy

        Describe how the lead State agency with responsibility for the administration of each core program or a Combined Plan partner program included in this plan will implement the State’s Strategies identified in Section II(c). above. This must include a description of—

III. a. 2. I. Coordinating with Economic Development Strategies

Describe how the activities identified in (A) will be coordinated with economic development entities, strategies, and activities in the State.

Current Narrative:

Coordinating with Economic Development Strategies

Florida’s WIOA partners worked with economic development stakeholders to develop a common strategic vision for Florida’s workforce and economic development systems. Talent Supply and Education is one of the Six Pillars of Florida’s future economy, as defined by the Florida Chamber Foundation following years of collaboration and research with business and education stakeholders including The Century Commission for a Sustainable Future; Florida Council of 100; Enterprise Florida, Inc., the state’s principal economic development organization; the State University System; and CareerSource Florida’s predecessor, Workforce Florida, Inc. Workforce development activities carried out by WIOA core programs directly support the achievement of strategies under this pillar. Leaders from CareerSource Florida, Enterprise Florida, Inc., and DEO work closely to maintain a unified approach to job creation and retention. Leveraging resources of Florida’s workforce and economic development systems and fostering collaboration improves overall alignment with industry and education.

CareerSource Florida and many of its local workforce partners are actively engaged in the work of the Florida Economic Development Council, the professional association of economic, workforce and community developers. The council’s membership has cited the training programs and other business and talent recruitment services of the CareerSource Florida network as leading contributors to their efforts to retain and expand jobs in their communities.

State and local labor market information informs strategic policy development and decisions made by WIOA core programs and local workforce boards. Through the work of the Florida WIOA Task Force and resulting recommendations, the vice-chairman of Enterprise Florida, Inc., has become a member of the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors. The chairman of the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors has historically served on the Enterprise Florida, Inc., Board of Directors. Locally, all LWDBs coordinate with economic development partners, playing a role in retention, recruitment and economic growth.

Through leadership by the Florida Chamber Foundation, a two-year research effort, which the CareerSource Florida network was actively involved in among numerous state and local stakeholders, resulted in the “Florida 2030: A Blueprint to Secure Florida’s Future” report. The report includes 2030 key targets and strategies, most of which have a workforce talent component, to achieve the following objectives:

  • Improve Florida’s talent pipeline for a better workforce
  • Create good jobs by diversifying Florida’s economy
  • Prepare Florida’s infrastructure for smart growth and development
  • Build a perfect climate for business
  • Make government and civics more efficient and effective
  • Champion Florida’s quality of life

By 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home and two million net new jobs will need to be created. To prepare for this continued growth and ensure Florida remains successful, the Foundation led the research and writing of the report for Florida’s future to promote dialogue and action on collaborative efforts to develop high-wage jobs, diversify the economy, ensure global competitiveness and create vibrant and sustainable communities. This report reflects research to stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future and engage business and community leaders in each of Florida’s 67 counties in identifying key trends and the factors that can drive their regional economy.

CareerSource Florida’s President and CEO serves as a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees and as a member of the Florida 2030 Executive Steering Committee. The CareerSource Florida network continues to be an instrumental partner and leader in working collaboratively to ensure Florida builds and maintains a globally competitive workforce.

CareerSource Florida also continues as a leader in another Florida Chamber Foundation priority. The Prosperity Initiative is elevating dialogue, planning and action among Florida’s business community and leading entities in education, workforce development and philanthropy as well as economic and community development to combat poverty in Florida through better-aligned goals.

Currently, Florida has more than 3.1 million people living in poverty. The significant number of Floridians living in poverty not only affects families and communities but businesses, the state’s economy and competitiveness.

A good job provides Floridians living in poverty with an opportunity to apply their talents and skills to create a better life for themselves and their families and to become economically self-sufficient on a path to increased prosperity. By investing directly in opportunities for Floridians in need of employment to enter, remain and advance in the workforce, the CareerSource Florida network continues its mission-focused work to support this increased statewide focus on helping low-income Floridians participate in Florida’s growing economy through meaningful employment that can lead to greater prosperity.