Economic Analysis Of The Resiliency Job Market
SBIDC, Red Hook Initiative, Good Shepard Services, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, Resiliency Education Training Innovation Center Advisory Committee
In light of Superstorm Sandy and the growing recognition of climate change and its effects on NYC’s coastal communities, community development professionals around the country have begun to explore opportunities for underserved populations to be connected to work generated by resiliency projects. In Red Hook, Brooklyn, the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC)—in partnership with Good Shepherd Services, Red Hook Initiative, and Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, and in alignment with the Resiliency, Education, Training and Innovation (RETI) Center Advisory Committee (these organizations together known as “the Collaborative”)—worked to develop a Resiliency Workforce Training Program to benefit local residents. Before developing that program, SBIDC and its partners sought an economic and market analysis of the resiliency sector, specifically striving to understand the areas of growth in the resiliency job market in order to design a successful workforce training program. Eco-Strategies Consulting, Karp Strategies, and the NYC Labor Market Information Services were hired as the consulting team. Karp Strategies led the consulting team’s qualitative research and analysis that contributed to the overall market analysis. In order to verify trends found in the quantitative data analysis and elicit greater detail about the effect of climate change on the job market, Karp Strategies conducted approximately 25 stakeholder, employer, and training provider interviews. The firm oversaw the synthesis of quantitative and qualitative findings through internal workshops of the entire consultant team, and presented findings to the Collaborative for input. The firm's analysis dug deeply into organizational and market change post-Sandy and in light of new policy initiatives like SIRR and OneNYC; company hiring needs and challenges, especially relating to entry-level employees; career pathways for entry-level employees; and green job training program successes and challenges in placing participants in full-time jobs. Karp Strategies’ final responsibilities included delivering a final report and executive presentation.