Talent &  Workforce Development

Talent & Workforce Development
Impactful talent and workforce development involves connecting all members of our community. It includes both the employee and employer. It involves training and preparing the best assets of New Orleans—the people who live here. It also involves attracting to New Orleans and retaining the high-level talent needed for our growing economy.

Our goal is to connect workers of all skill-levels and backgrounds to employers across multiple sectors and industries.

The critical outcomes are better jobs with more economic opportunity and security for New Orleans residents; and, well-trained, work-ready employees for local businesses.

Connecting the Local Community

The New Orleans Business Alliance coordinates the delivery of shared job readiness programming with five flagship workforce organizations that offer decades of committed leadership and service. Together, we facilitate five Workforce Opportunity Centers in Orleans Parish: Goodwill of Southeastern Louisiana, JOB1 Business and Career Solutions, Total Community Action (TCA), the Urban League of Louisiana; and the recently established STRIVE NOLA. 

Using a coordinated curriculum and strategy designed by STRIVE International, the Opportunity Centers deliver innovative job-readiness programming designed to both prepare and support workers and to provide employers with a skilled workforce. In our partnership with STRIVE International, a nationwide program that serves people in disadvantaged communities, the collaborative ultimately connects job seekers to employment opportunities throughout New Orleans. In addition, the Opportunity Centers provide case management, skills training, and supportive services for job seekers that need preparation for quality job opportunities. Your success is our success.

If you are a job seeker please contact one of the Opportunity Centers below. For employers, please contact our staff at the New Orleans Business Alliance directly, and we will facilitate your connection to the Opportunity Centers.

Aspen Workforce Leadership Academy

In December 2018, the New Orleans Business Alliance partnered with the Aspen Institute to offer a Workforce Leadership Academy. Over 12 months, the Academy will develop a network of leaders who are able to lead their own programs or organizations and who can work collaboratively to build effective workforce systems.

Workforce Leadership Academies create and support peer-learning communities of workforce leaders from nonprofit organizations, business associations, community colleges and universities, union-based training efforts, and public agencies. Academy participants work with leading practitioners from around the country, learn about practical planning tools, and are offered the rare opportunity to imagine and develop effective workforce strategies that strengthen local workforce systems. 

Fellows are selected in a competitive application process and are typically senior-level managers with authority to implement program changes. Academy graduates are part of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunity Fellows Network.

Meet the 2019 Workforce Leadership Academy Fellows here.

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