About Lane Workforce Partnership


Meet the workforce needs of employers and individuals through partnerships and innovation.


Lane County will have a trained workforce and individuals will have the knowledge and skills for career success.

Lane Workforce Partnership’s Role

Catalyzer, Convener, Analyzer, Broker, Community Voice, Capacity Builder/Investor.

Goals & Strategic Objectives

Goal 1:  Prepare workers for self-sufficiency employment in a new and changing economy.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Analyze worker self-sufficiency data driven by systemic challenges [e.g., housing, childcare, legislative policy].
  • Be the community voice for individual workers seeking self-sufficiency employment.
  • Broker relationships to create solutions to address identified systemic challenges.
  • Build capacity to support innovative solutions by seeking incremental funds for investment.
Goal 2:  Connect individuals to education, skill-building and employment opportunities in occupations most impacted. [aging workforce, technology impacts]

Strategic Objectives:

  • Invest in training programs, including on-the-job training, apprenticeship and customized training focused on replacement opportunities for youth/young adults in jobs most impacted by retirement and other types of projected worker shortages.
  • Analyze the impact of AI/technology on worker displacement.
  • Invest in career pathway models.
Goal 3:  Prepare our youth for future employment.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Invest in proven strategies and partner with successful youth programs [e.g., Connected Lane County, Chamber Work Ready initiatives, High School CTE programs] to better align industry and education to increase student access to work opportunities.
  • Be the community voice to improve policy makers understanding/willingness to remove apprenticeship pipeline barriers.
Goal 4:  Catalyze the community around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to expand workforce leadership and participation opportunities for all.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Be a catalyst for systemic change that raises DEI to the level of sector strategy.
  • Convene an advisory board as a model of DEI leadership.
    • Research and evaluate DEI “state of workforce.”
    • Gather and disseminate learning.
  • Invest in workforce board training to understand unconscious bias and to lead by example.
  • Embed DEI in all LWP policies.
Goal 5:  Align strategic partnerships to expand our collective capacity to address systemic workforce challenges. [housing, childcare, legislative policies]

Strategic Objectives:

  • Continue to invest in sector strategy work.
  • Analyze impacts of technology on industry employment and on workforce training.
  • Identify and share job skills with current and emerging workforce.
  • Analyze, gather, and disseminate projected data about job evolution/changes/growth.
  • Be the voice to create understanding of self-sufficient wages in our community.