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High Quality Report

September 2012 BW Research

Prisoner Reentry Report
San Diego Workforce Partnership (http://sandiegoatwork.com)
San Diego, CA
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  Employers in San Diego are willing to hire previously incarcerated workers - so long as they are in the right industries and for the right occupations. BW Research conducted employer surveys, resume panels, and executive interviews to determine hiring propensity and to discover employer preferences regarding this important population.
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August 2012

2012 Clean Energy Report
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (http://masscec.com)
Massachusetts
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  The Massachusetts innovation engine is running, evidenced by the strong growth of the Bay State's clean energy industry. This compelling report shows the size, scope, and progress of this important cluster, with implications for the nation's competitive position in regards to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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July 2012 BW Research

Life Sciences Summer Institute Evaluation
San Diego Workforce Partnership (http://sandiegoatwork.com)
San Diego, CA

  BW Research was commissioned to evaluate the popular Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI). This study was conducted to determine the benefits to students, teachers, and participating organizations, as well as to evaluate the specific components that lead to the program's success. In addition, a quantitative survey of employers from other industries was conducted to determine the potential for expansion to other industries.
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June 2012 BW Research

Performance Metrics
San Luis Obispo Workforce Investment Board
San Luis Obispo, CA

  San Luis Obispo commissioned BW Research to create a series of performance metrics to measure the impact of WIB services on the local community. This pioneering effort allows the county to use publicly available, key metrics for planning and evaluation purposes.
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April 2012

Recycling and Jobs in Massachusetts
SkillWorks (http://www.skill-works.org)
Boston, Massachusetts
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  This study used a survey and interviews to determine, among other things, the numbers and types of recycling jobs that are expected to grow in the state in the next two years, what the barriers to finding qualified workers might be, what the drivers of job growth (or contraction) are, and how people find their jobs. The study showed that about 1200 jobs are expected to be added by recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing businesses in the state. Most of the jobs will be in the remanufacturing/reuse sector, and most will be general labor/lower skilled jobs. The anticipated rate of job growth will outpace the overall economy, and rivals the anticipated rate of job growth in the much touted clean energy industry in the state. It appears that there is no other study like this that has been done in the country. The Boston Globe reported on the study - Recycling Industry Poised for Hiring - on the front page of the business section on Saturday, April 21, 2011.
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October 2011

The 2011 Solar Jobs Census
The Solar Foundation (http://thesolarfoundation.org)
United States
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  The Solar Foundation approached BW Research because it was unable to accurately determine the number of solar jobs in the United States. Traditional labor market information - such as that released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics and state labor agencies - does not adequately capture these new and emerging occupations. Compounding this challenge, many of the workers in the solar industry have other duties - often in the construction trades - and The Solar Foundation was therefore also interested in the breakdown of solar work in the industry. BW Research discovered that the solar industry boasts thousands of companies and over 100,000 "solar workers" or those employees that spend at least 50% of their time related to solar work. This was the first estimate of the solar workforce that did not rely on economic modeling.
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September 2011 BW Research

Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (http://www.masscec.com)
Massachusetts
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  The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the quasi-public state agency responsible for the Commonwealth's clean energy industry, hired BW Research to conduct its required annual industry report for 2011-2013. This report found over 4,900 clean energy businesses and more than 64,000 clean energy workers all across the value-chain of activities, from R&D to installation and maintenance. The report also explored employer preferences, education and training requirements, the importance of various policies, and other relevant information. It has been used routinely by legislators, policy makers, education and training providers, and job seekers.
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July 2011 BW Research

Silicon Valley in Transition: Economic and Workfor
NOVA Workforce Investment Board (http://novaworks.org)
Silicon Valley, California
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  The Workforce Boards and Economic Development Association of Silicon Valley partnered to understand the region's critical advantages - including talent, capital, and other factors - for its information and communications technology cluster. The regional partners desired to quantify the region's competitive advantages; explore the factors driving and impeding growth of innovative companies; and the growth, skill profiles, educational backgrounds, and deficiencies of the local talent pool as a factor related to company success. BW Research completed a comprehensive analysis of the cluster, including analysis of investment trends, employment growth, policy impediments and benefits, talent pool attributes, and other key components. The report received national media attention and has been crucial in the convergence of economic and workforce development activities, leading to successful grant applications and redesigning of various local and regional programs.
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June 2011 BW Research

Healthcare Information Technology Workforce Analys
The California Community Colleges (http://www.cccewd.net)
Northern California
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  The California Community Colleges’ Health Workforce Initiative hired BW Research to explore and profile healthcare occupations that require specific skills in light of the expansion of healthcare information technology systems. BW Research identified critical allied healthcare occupations that are affected by HIT and classified them into three categories: users, implementers, and developers. Through representative survey research and interviews with healthcare executives and hiring managers, BW Research successfully profiled the occupations, highlighting the specific skills required, typical deficiencies among new hires, employer preferences for education and training, and other pertinent information. The research effort concluded with specific, tailored recommendations for implementing changes to healthcare curricula at the community colleges to reflect the needs of local employers.
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September 2009 BW Research

Customer Survey
FireMed Ambulance Membership Program for Central Oregon (http://firemed.org)
Springfield, Oregon

  With a shrinking membership pool and marketing budget, FireMed partnered with BW Research to find a more effective way of connecting with potential customers in three ambulance service areas. Ultimately, FireMed needed a new plan to increase membership and more effectively communicate with potential customers. BW Research embarked upon a scientifically representative survey of FireMed's potential customers to better understand their needs, measure their current level of awareness, and quantify the value of different messages and services provided by FireMed. A mixed methodology approach was utilized to provide a representative sample and allow a segmented analysis by age group, geography, and experience with FireMed. The project incorporated an innovative mix of research methods to develop a robust and representative assessment of potential customers’ needs and the messages and mediums they are most likely to respond to. The findings from the research identified potential customer segments that became the foundation of the communications campaign. As a result of the research, FireMed had its biggest percentage membership gain since 1993, despite a substantial cut in their marketing budget and despite the down economy.
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Effective Presentation & Training Symposia

May 2012

Industry, Employment & Skills in a Time of Transition
Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board (http://www.santabarbaracountywib.org/)
Santa Barbara, CA
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  BW Research principal Josh Williams presented to the Santa Barbara County business and education community on behalf of the Santa Barbara Workforce Investment Board on Friday, May 11, 2012.
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April 2012

Green Jobs: Where are they?
Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative and Jobs for the Future (http://greencollarchicago.org/)
Chicago, IL
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  BW Research principal Philip Jordan presented to key green jobs stakeholders in Chicago. Information in the presentation included a national and regional review of green job growth, the policies required to grow the green economy, and the types of education, training, and credentials most valued by employers.
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March 2012 BW Research

Massachusetts General Court: Jobs Creation Council
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (http://www.masscec.com)
Massachusetts
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  BW Research testified in front of the Massachusetts General Court's job creation commission to explain the findings and implications of the 2011 Clean Energy Industry Study. The commission is addressing multiple high-growth industries in the state and is exploring ways to support job growth in Massachusetts.
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March 2012 BW Research

Good Jobs, Green Jobs
The Solar Foundation (http://www.greenjobsconference.org/)
Philadelphia, PA
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  BW Research Partnership principal Philip Jordan presented the Solar Foundation 2011 Jobs Census, comparing the size and growth of that sector to other industries in Philadelphia. The conference focused on economic and workforce development relative to green jobs, and BW presented with a panel of industry experts in renewable energy.
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November 2011 BW Research

Meeting of the Minds
California Workforce Association (http://calworkforce.org/)
Monterey, CA

  BW Research principal Philip Jordan gave the keynote address to 600+ participants of the "Meeting of the Minds" conference in Monterey. This important meeting of the California Workforce Association brings together leaders of the workforce development community, including WIB directors, policy makers, and education and training providers. The topic of the presentation was the workforce implications of the BW report "Silicon Valley in Transition," the groundbreaking report on the ICT cluster in Silicon Valley.
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May 2011 BW Research

Shoreline Health Care Symposium
Shoreline, Goodwill Industries
Central Coast, California

  BW Research principals Josh Williams and Phil Jordan provided an all-day training to the career center and WIB staff in the central coast of California relative to healthcare employment. Specifically, the presentations focused on employment growth trends, changes in education and credentialing requirements, the workforce implications of healthcare information technology, and other pertinent information.
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Community & Employer Engagement

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Strategic Consulting

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