Boulder County, CO Young Leaders Academy boosts youth entrepreneurship and job prospects
The six-month academy was designed to counter educational and career disruptions caused by COVID-19. Eligible participants were aged 16 to 24 and identified as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. Students completed six weeks of skill-building workshops with $500 incentives for attending 80% of sessions. Participants selected from paid internship, certification, or high school equivalency diploma tracks. Boulder County used federal ARPA funds to recruit partners and pay $6,000 stipends.
Boulder County, CO
Detroit, MI Jump Start program collaborates with local organizations on workforce development
Jump Start focuses on recruiting and training residents who have been unemployed for at least six months. City officials recruited 18 In Detroit Organizations (IDOs) with at least two years of experience assisting unemployed residents. The program looked at organizational capacity and location, thus ensuring services across seven council districts. IDOs receive up to $8,800 per participant for successfully completing four benchmarks ranging from literacy skills to occupational training.
Broadland District Council, GB builds Mindful Towns and Villages through mental health training
Mindful Towns and Villages creates a network of Wellbeing Champions at small businesses and local organizations. Participants can learn mental health first aid during a one-day online course from Thriving Workplaces. The two-hour Wellbeing Champion Training provides the resources and advice necessary to assist community members. The council's Help Hub provides signage and ongoing support for organizations completing either of the free training options.
Broadland District Council, GB
Haarlem, NH creates a welcoming environment for businesses with the Kennemer Impact Helpdesk
Haarlem worked with Stichting Stadsgarage on an online resource for sustainable business growth. Entrepreneurs find answers to frequently asked questions about impact purchasing, financing options, and municipal regulations. The Kennemer Impact Helpdesk includes online forms and phone contacts for business owners with more complex questions. Helpdesk users also find the Kennemer Inkoop Platform, which lists socially responsible vendors in categories like circular economy and poverty reduction.
Lismore, NSW prepares new graduates and career changers for council jobs with LEAP initiative
Lismore Employment Acceleration Pathways (LEAP) connects participants to training opportunities with council departments. The first cohort of 15 trainees included current students and experienced professionals seeking reliable employment. LEAP participants complete temporary work in areas like civil construction and public libraries with hands-on guidance from experienced employees. The program keeps talented professionals in Lismore while maintaining public service levels.
Mendoza, MZ turns carbon footprint reduction into a competition with the Carbon Challenge 2023
The year-long competition began with the random selection of 15 residents from all applicants. Participants are taught about climate change and how their actions create carbon footprints. Each participant's footprint was measured at the outset as a baseline for future comparisons. The project team gathers metrics like utility bills and transit use on a quarterly basis. Three participants with the largest emission reductions qualify for prizes including a new bike and composting supplies.
Colorado Springs, CO assists pandemic recovery by local businesses with Survive & Thrive program
Colorado Springs and Exponential Impact partner to support businesses during each eight-week program. Participating businesses meet with experts during weekly meetings and learn how to adapt to economic conditions in mentoring sessions. Monthly meetings among Survive & Thrive participants share real-world applications of program lessons. The city used $1.2 million in federal ARPA funds for grants of up to $50,000 per business in 2022.
Colorado Springs, CO
Tampere, FI anticipates national unemployment service changes with its Start to Work program pilot
A planned government reform calls for personalized unemployment services from local authorities by 2025. Tampere and Barona are evaluating Startti työhön - Start to Work - ahead of this change. Unemployed residents work with dedicated recruitment experts on personalized career plans. These plans are set in motion through skill mapping, interview coaching, and additional certification. Start to Work emphasizes better connections between workers and employers in high-growth industries.
Leicester City Council, GB creates pathways to public employment with T Level placement pilot
Local officials and Leicester College trial pathways for students in the newly created T Level qualification. This two-year program features an industry placement requirement of 315 hours. Pilot placements include carpentry and electrical roles with the city's housing team. Leicester worked with hiring managers on comparing T Levels with previous apprenticeships and graduate placements. The city hopes to expand T Level placements to departments including tourism and business support.
Leicester City Council, GB
Dunedin City Council, NZ fosters national video game industry with Centre of Digital Excellence
CODE is a first-in-New Zealand program for professional and studio development run by the city's Enterprise Dunedin team. New pathways to employment include Game Dev Clubs for kids, a three-year program at Otago Polytechnic, and degree options at the University of Otago. A funding program for prototypes, startups, and scale-ups focuses on projects by diverse creatives. Mentorships and workshops with industry experts around the world support New Zealand's emerging video game studios.
Dunedin City Council, NZ
Minneapolis, MN funds Payroll and Bookkeeping Pilot for improved compliance with labor rules
Minneapolis approved $125,000 in stimulus funds for a pilot run by the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers. Small businesses apply for free software and assistance in complying with the city's paid sick leave and minimum wage standards. Approved participants agree to comply with city employment rules within one year of application. This program also assists businesses owned by members of marginalized groups with securing loans.
East Suffolk District Council, GB Digital Springboard provides resources for business digitalization
Local businesses learn how to increase their digital presence through this online resource. This website presents free online workshops and a calendar of in-person events from MENTA. A Digital MOT survey evaluates each user's current assets and opportunities for digital growth. The Digi-Resource directory includes free tools for making logos and designing web pages. Entrepreneurs can apply for grants of up to £1,750 for software and consulting services through Digital Springboard.
East Suffolk District Council, GB