Building a Skilled Workforce for a Stronger Southern Economy

A skills gap persists across the country. However, for southern states, whose economies were once built on low-skill industries, it's imperative to close the skills gap if their economies are to remain globally competitive. This report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the National Skills Coalition provides a roadmap of steps states may take to establish policies to close their skills gaps. Using examples from Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas, the report examines southern state policies and programs that have been effective at helping adults gain critical skills necessary to be successful in today's economy.