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Increasing living-wage jobs, workforce training alignment, small business development, AI, and the future of work.

Helping Small Businesses Succeed Through Training and Funding
To help small business owners, especially those that are struggling, maintain, rebuild, or grow their businesses, the District of Columbia Business Capital Program (DC BizCap) was established by The Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB). FUSE executive fellow Flavian Marwa worked with DISB to assess current programs, optimize the... Read more
Promoting Job Creation to Achieve Growth with Equity
Philadelphia’s economy has grown significantly in recent years, but the city remains one of the poorest in the nation. To help alleviate poverty, the city is taking aggressive steps to connect low- and moderate-income residents to sustainable careers. The city’s newly created Office of Workforce Development enlisted FUSE executive fellow... Read more
Supporting Economic Innovation to Boost the City and its Residents
Stockton has been working to ensure that its workforce is prepared for the digital economy. In conjunction with the Mayor’s Office, FUSE executive fellow Ann Rogan helped develop programs that will enhance residents’ professional skills so they can attain sustainable employment. She led the coalition that crafted the city’s Workforce... Read more
Expanding Workforce Opportunities in the New Economy
The City of Pittsburgh has evolved into an emergent innovation hub, a testament to the resilience of an economy that just a few decades ago was almost entirely dependent on steel. At the same time, Pittsburgh faces an unprecedented labor shortfall, with too few skilled workers to meet anticipated demand.... Read more
Developing Leaders to Drive Transportation Safety
With more than 40 percent of its employees eligible to retire by 2020, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is working aggressively to attract and retain talent as new technologies are disrupting conventional transportation systems. The agency enlisted FUSE executive fellow Andrea Lipton to develop a leadership training program... Read more
Strengthening Business Relations Using Strategic Marketing and Communications
Los Angeles is working to strengthen its support for small businesses, particularly those in traditionally underserved neighborhoods, by developing better communications with business owners about available resources. The city’s Office of Finance recruited FUSE Executive Fellow Rafael Bracero to increase the visibility of support services available to small business owners... Read more
Attracting and Retaining Talent to Drive Government Innovation
The City of Long Beach is the second largest employer in Southern California, and is working to recruit quality talent for the public workforce of the future. To strengthen the municipal workforce and sustain the city’s quality of services, the Office of the City Manager partnered with FUSE executive fellow... Read more
Opening Doors to Meaningful Employment
As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Gusti worked on multiple strategic workforce initiatives at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, including apprenticeship programs for skilled labor positions, succession planning, and professional development opportunities for the organization’s 5,700 employees. Gusti utilized her workforce development and project management background in order to develop... Read more
Reforming Citywide Purchasing Processes
San Francisco is one of the largest purchasers of goods and services throughout the Bay Area and conducts transactions with the private, public and social sectors totaling over $1 billion annually. As part of a major upgrade of its financial systems, the City hired Rob to help overhaul its purchasing and... Read more
Improving Overnight Worker Transportation
San Francisco’s 24-hour economy requires thousands of workers in the entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing and other industries to commute during late-night and early-morning hours. The overnight public transit system does not currently align with these needs, however, leaving many workers without access to safe, affordable and reliable transportation options. The Office... Read more