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Cluster Development Guiding Principles

  • Methodologies to identify strategic clusters inform and guide investment decisions basing them on evidence-based, quantitative data.
  • Workforce and economic development partner agencies, such as the Department of Commerce, may work from different lists of strategic clusters because investment strategies vary.
  • In the interest of consistency, the Workforce Board encourages partner agencies to use a shared set of cluster source data and indexing processes to identify strategic clusters.
  • Clusters are but one of many strategies for workforce and economic development.
  • Local areas may provide supplemental data and supporting evidence the Workforce Board can use to improve lists of strategic clusters. 
  • Potential (or “emerging”) clusters are not identified in the scope of the 2008-09 analysis of clusters and strategic clusters. They do, however, have a role in other workforce and economic development initiatives.
  • The geographic locus of strategic clusters is regional, not statewide.
  • Strategic cluster lists shall be updated periodically to keep pace with changing economic conditions.

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