MUS philanthropic efforts can be more about relationships than transactions

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For Jerry Roberts, the walk down the jet bridge can be an interesting journey. Jerry, who serves as the director of philanthropic and corporate engagement for Midwest Urban Strategies, spends much of his time on the road visiting not only the metropolitan areas that MUS serves but other regions as well. In addition to his…

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Visits to MUS cities provide ‘aha moments’ for director of philanthropic and corporate engagement

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Ask Jerry Roberts about his visits to Midwest Urban Strategies cities that include meetings with members workforce boards, partners, and other stakeholders, he usually remembers and refers to an “aha moment.” “It’s about getting people to work,” Jerry said. “But from a funding perspective, it’s all about leveraging and expanding the resources that exist while…

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Midwest Urban Strategies’ footprint expands nationwide on Workforce Development Council

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Midwest Urban Strategies is proud to announce that four members of its board were named to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council. EmployIndy CEO Angela Carr Klitzsch; Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio CEO Lisa Patt-McDaniel; Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership CEO Karin M. Norrington-Reaves; and St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)…

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MSP TechHire accelerated IT trainings benefit job seekers

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Amazon has been making headlines this year as they finalize the location of one of their headquarters. Ultimately, they chose two cities for their next headquarter facilities. One reason they chose two cities is the availability of tech talent and workforce necessary to staff their new locations. Businesses are keenly aware that skilled labor is…

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MUS uniquely positioned to expand and strengthen existing regional workforce partnerships

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Currently funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS) serves 3,500 participants in urban cities in seven midwestern states through four separate, competitive grants. As a consortium of urban Workforce Boards, MUS is uniquely positioned to expand and strengthen existing regional workforce partnerships and implement training strategies that engage multiple employers from…

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MUS vision and mission boosted from dedicated philanthropists

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The team at Midwest Urban Strategies recognizes and depends on the support and engagement of local and national funders in the Philanthropic space – which is why one of the earliest hires was Jerry Roberts. Jerry serves as the director of philanthropic and corporate engagement for MUS. He brings decades of both corporate and business…

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First-of-its kind apprenticeship program by MUS partners gives jobs seekers necessary tools

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A unique collaboration among Midwest Urban Strategies’ partners – Employ Milwaukee and Principal – helped lead to the creation of a Financial Services Professional Registered Apprenticeship (FSPRA) program. This first of its kind program began in Wisconsin and estimates suggest that it will expand employment among Financial Planners by 15 percent as soon as 2026.…

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Detroit Employment Solution Corp’s Nicole Sherard-Freeman recognized among ‘Notable Women in Nonprofits’

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Midwest Urban Strategies congratulates Nicole Sherard-Freeman, president and CEO of Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. (DESC), for being highlighted in Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the 2018 Notable Women in Nonprofits. Since she was chosen among 300 national candidates in 2016 to be president and CEO of DESC, Sherard-Freeman has shown expertise in strategy, policy…

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Letter from the Director: Reflecting on accomplishments of past year

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It has been a busy season for Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS)! We marked our one-year anniversary in July as a formally organized consortium and at that Board  meeting we welcomed the Workforce Alliance for South Central Kansas (Wichita, Kansas) and Partner4Work (Pittsburgh, Pa.) as our newest Board members. We are excited to have these two…

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Northwest Indiana Workforce Board series: Hiring for the Future

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Hiring for the Future is a series from the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, featuring region employers who provide young people a work opportunity while helping them gain skills and develop a good work ethic in order to succeed in today’s economy. NIWB interviewed Ben Scheiner, vice president, manufacturing, Galfab, who offered an interesting perspective in…

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