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1/29-30/2004 -- RMC convenes a meeting of advocates and researchers from around the country
1/29-30/2004 -- The Ray Marshall Center convened a meeting of advocates and researchers from around the country at the LBJ School of Public Affairs to share ideas and lessons learned to date in a series of workforce mapping and indicator efforts and to brainstorm ways of more effectively capitalizing on them in the future. Center founder and former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall spoke to the group at dinner Thursday night. A Center research team led by Director Christopher T. King is working with the Rockefeller Foundation's Working Communities Division and a number of its grantees, including the Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Massachusetts Workforce Alliance, New York's Center for an Urban Future and the Chicago Jobs Council, to assess, develop, and implement improved performance measures for workforce development. This effort builds on previous work the Center has done, including devising more systemic state and local workforce measures in the 1990s, innovative work on return-on-investment and other measures. This work also builds upon state-based workforce efforts that the Annie E. Casey, Ford and Rockefeller Foundations have been supporting, such as the Working Poor Families Projects that is developing an indicators framework to assess state efforts to help the working poor achieve economic self-sufficiency, and a related series of Workforce Development Mapping Projects in seven states that have mapped and conducted comprehensive analyses of the performance of all publicly funded workforce resources and programs in their respective states.