Currently, the LVRC has teamed up with the The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development, located in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, PA, in an effort to evaluate the impact of one of the Department of Labor's studys.
WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) initiatives known as Wall Street West (WSW). With the devastating impact of the 9-11 terrorist attacks as a catalyst, the goals of WSW are “to develop a total back-up solution for companies in fi nancial services, information technology and related industries through advancements in economic and workforce development” (www.wallstreetwest.org) within nine counties (Berks, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Wayne). Over the past three years, WSW grants have been awarded to over 40 recipients in education, business and other workforce development organizations in an attempt to achieve the aforementioned goal through targeted talent development, technology and other transformational strategies. Collaborative partnerships between business and education are a hallmark of many of these grants.