What We're Reading and Following This Week
Cross-sector collaboration: what the tipping point looks like
This SSIR article comes from Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of the Workforce and Economic Development Division for California Community Colleges. She presents strategies for improving career technical education that involve working with a range of stakeholders. “The ecosystem created by cross-sector collaboration positions our community colleges to develop California’s skilled workforce in ways that furthers social mobility and fuels economic competitiveness for the state,” she writes.
Women’s Fund announces innovative public-private partnership
A tri-sector collaboration in Western Massachusetts aims to improve economic prosperity for young women in the area. Partners include the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, MassMutual Foundation, and state Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s Office of Economic Empowerment. “We truly value this partnership that leverages available resources in an innovative and collaborative way,” said Ali Mathias, MassMutual Director of Charitable Giving.
Better Together: Unleashing the Power of the Private Sector to Tackle Non-Communicable Diseases
This partnering guidebook from The Partnering Initiative, Union for International Cancer Control, and Bupa walks stakeholders through building business-non-profit collaborations to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs), a topic we covered in a Research to Practice piece from 2015. "While we are all affected by NCDs, our drivers are different, we speak different languages, and we have different incentives and ways of working, different expectations, different cultures," the authors write.
Can private investment work for rural infrastructure?
This Route Fifty piece recaps a meeting of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works that contained much discussion of whether or not public-private partnerships present an effective means of building infrastructure in rural communities. “Rural states are unlikely to attract investors for those projects even if any project revenues are supplemented by tax credits,” said Bill Panos, Director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation.