What is the National Network of Sector Partners?
The National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) is a nation-wide membership organization dedicated to promoting and increasing support for sector initiatives.
Sector initiatives are regional, industry-focused approaches to workforce and economic development that improve access to good jobs and/or increase job quality in ways that strengthen an industry’s workforce. Our vision is that, as a result of investment in sector initiatives, regional economies will have good jobs and plentiful advancement opportunities, all people will have access to these jobs and opportunities, industry sectors important to those regions will provide them, and all communities will share in the resulting economic vitality.
NNSP’s members include sector initiative leaders, policy makers, researchers, business, labor, funders, and supporters. We are guided by a national advisory committee composed of leaders and supporters of sector initiatives.
NNSP promotes the use of sector initiatives and strategies that support them in order to improve employment and economic opportunities for low-income individuals, families, and communities, to strengthen industry sectors that are important to regional labor markets, and to increase regional economic vitality. Our goals are to:
NNSP works in partnership with local community stakeholders to design, implement, and improve sector initiatives. We also promote effective sector policies that align workforce, economic-development, education, and social service systems.
NNSP provides diverse learning opportunities and resources to help program leaders and policy makers improve their sector work. These include:
NNSP is a project of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and was founded in 1999 with funding from the Ford, Charles Stewart Mott, Annie E. Casey, and William and Flora Hewlett foundations.