Skillshed Analysis as a Tool to Inform Workforce Training Programs The Case of Amazon HQ2

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Jason Jolley
Christelle Khalaf


This promising practice article briefly describes skillshed analysis as a tool community colleges and universities can utilize to inform workforce training and curriculum development to meet emerging workforce needs for displaced workers or those in declining occupations. As an example, the skillshed analysis is applied to the Columbus, Ohio MSA and used to identify the declining occupations and existing skillset of those workers. This skillset is then compared to workforce opportunities in the region should Columbus secure the Amazon H2Q facility. The training gaps demonstrate areas where community colleges and universities might focus their respective workforce training efforts.


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Jason Jolley, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public AffairsOhio University

G. Jason Jolley is the MPA director and an Associate Professor of Rural Economic Development at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. His research has been published in Economic Development Quarterly, Business Strategy and the Environment, State and Local Government Review, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management, and other scholarly outlets. He received a Ph.D. in public administration from North Carolina State University.

Christelle Khalaf, Ohio University

Christelle Khalaf is the Economic Development Specialist at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. Her research has been published in Economic Inquiry. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University.


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