Regional Collaboration


Local workforce administrators, economic development officials, educational leaders, and others interested in regional economic performance and employment have increasingly initiated regional collaborative efforts to bring resources and expertise together to address issues that may be inhibiting growth or career progression. Partnerships have taken several forms and have been initiated by states and national governments in the United States and Europe. For instance, the United States Department of Labor initiated Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) in 2006. The Upjohn Institute has evaluated several programs and partnerships and has compared international efforts in forming and sustaining regional partnerships and coordination.


  • Are regional collaborations effective?
  • What are the costs and benefits of regional collaborations?
  • What can be learned from comparing experiences with regional collaborations across countries?
  • What contextual elements in a region facilitate the formation of regional collaborations?
  • What are the barriers to forming meaningful regional partnerships?

Selected Institute Research

Evaluation of Regional Collaborations for Economic Development: Lessons from the Employment and Training Administration’s WIRED Initiative
Kevin Hollenbeck, Upjohn Institute
Nancy Hewat, Public Policy Associates
Employment Research 17(3): [1]-4, 2010

The Role of Labour Market Policy in Horizontal Co-ordination
Randall Eberts, Upjohn Institute
In Flexible Policy for More and Better Jobs, Sylvain Giguére and Francescsa Froy, editors. OECD, 2009.

Nurturing America’s Growth in the Global Marketplace through Talent Development: An Interim Report on the Evaluation of Generations II and III of WIRED
Kevin Hollenbeck, Upjohn Institute
Nancy Hewat, Public Policy Associates
and Others
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, November 2009.

“Michigan Regional Skills Alliances: A Statewide Initiative to Address Local Workforce Needs.”
Randall Eberts, Upjohn Institute
Kevin Hollenbeck, Upjohn Institute
In Designing Local Skills Strategies, Francesca Froy, Sylvain Giguére and Andrea Hofer, editors, 2009. Paris: OECD, pp. 129-153.

An Evaluation of Michigan Regional Skills Alliances (MiRSAs)
Kevin Hollenbeck, Upjohn Institute
Randall Eberts, Upjohn Institute
Technical Report, August 2006

More Institute Research about Regional Collaboration

Useful Links

US DOL Employment and Training Administration WIRED Site