THRIVE! July 2021

A Message from our President & CEO

The Demand for Innovation

The pandemic has inarguably, and in some instances irrevocably, changed the way we live, work, and learn. The recent transformation of our local economy has presented Philadelphia with a new set of workforce challenges that demands innovation.   

The simultaneous occurrence of a massive economic shift, health care crisis, and social justice reckoning proved how critical innovation is during times of economic recovery. Fresh perspectives, courageous conversations, and creativity are helping Philadelphia Works (PhilaWorks) and key workforce partners strategically support businesses, preparing residents to thrive in a post-pandemic labor market. 

Newly formed strategic partnerships have produced innovative workforce solutions like the PHL Career Portal and the Philadelphia Skills Forward Initiative, while change agents like Summer Search are hosting dialogues that hold leadership accountable to the overwhelming call to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in the future of work.    

With these innovative workforce strategies comes the expectation of a renewed focus on reskilling for high-demand jobs, a shift to skills-based hiring, and the promotion of viable career pathways. Together we can help position Philadelphia as a progressive talent hub where businesses and people can thrive. You can help in Philadelphia's recovery efforts by learning more about “Recharge & Recover PHL" and then taking the pledge to support inclusive recovery in the Philadelphia Region. 

Yours in service,  
H. Patrick Clancy

(Image Credit: Summer Search)

Monthly Workforce Focus: Innovation

The "I" in WIOA: Workforce INNOVATION and Opportunity Act

Innovation allows PhilaWorks and other key workforce partners to prepare residents for jobs that pay a living wage, growing the economy, and supporting families and businesses to continuously improve the quality of life in Philadelphia.

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Data & Trends

Quarterly Philadelphia Labor Market Report

As part of our mission to develop and manage smart workforce solutions, Philadelphia Works conducts regular analysis on the state of Philadelphia’s labor market. This quarterly report offers insight into key measures of economic activity, providing leaders across public and private institutions an easy-to-access update on Philadelphia’s economy. In this edition, the Quarterly Labor Market Report discusses the changing nature of the COVID-19 economic recovery, highlighting continued improvements in hard-hit industry sectors.

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For Businesses

Industry Partnerships and Opportunities in Philadelphia

Industry Partnerships bring together employers, workers, and job training providers from a single industry sector to collaborate on improving the industry’s competitiveness and address common workforce needs. Including:

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For Career Seekers

PA CareerLink® Philadelphia - Summer Hiring Series

Welcome back, Philadelphia!

PA CareerLink® Philadelphia presents the Summer Hiring Series, which includes 4 in-person job fairs to help jumpstart your career! Join them and share your talents with employers from a wide range of industries. Attending the event will also give you access to additional training opportunities and connect you with community resources. Missed the first event? No worries, there are still three events across the city to choose from:

Come to one or come to all! We look forward to seeing you. 

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News & Events

Philadelphia Works Welcomes New Leadership to its Board of Directors

July 30, 2021

Mayor James F. Kenney’s new appointees will add great value on Philadelphia’s road to economic recovery

Philadelphia Works, Inc. (PhilaWorks), the City’s workforce development board, has announced the appointment of six accomplished professionals to its Board of Directors. The new members, as determined and appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney, will each serve three-year terms.

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Additional Workforce Resources from Our Partners

Keystone Communities Program (KCP) - PA Department of Community & Economic Development

The Keystone Communities (KC) program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to tailor the assistance to meet the needs of its specific revitalization effort.


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