Affordable access to quality education is essential for both healthy neighborhoods and economic development. Regions with superior educational systems, particularly at the higher education level, thrive in today’s global marketplace. However, to succeed at that level, residents must have access to excellent pre-K through 12th grade education to prepare for higher and continued education and succeed in mastering subjects and skills necessary in a modern economy. With today’s changing economy, residents must also have access to lifelong opportunities for education and learning new job skills. A particular focus needs to be on helping the region’s many unemployed and underemployed workers obtain the education and skills required for the current market as well as new economy job sectors.

The Partnership must define how it will work with regional education leaders to provide quality lifelong educational, vocational, and job training opportunities for all residents that align with job requirements in the 21st century.