NEW PUBLICATION: “Cracking the Code on STEM: A People Strategy for Nevada's Economy," Brookings Mountain West and Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

Nov. 12, 2014

Brookings Mountain West is pleased to publish a report, “Cracking the Code on STEM: A People Strategy for Nevada's Economy," by Jessica Lee, Mark Muro, Jonathan Rothwell, Scott Andes, and Siddharth Kulkarni.
 
This analysis of Nevada's STEM economy can be viewed at:

Brookings Mountain West:

Executive Summary: http://www.unlv.edu/sites/default/files/page_files/27/Brooklings-CrackingTheCode-ExecSummary.pdf

Full Report: http://www.unlv.edu/sites/default/files/page_files/27/Brooklings-CrackingTheCode-FullReport.pdf

Brookings

http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2014/11/12-nevada-stem-economy

Nevada has in place a plausible economic diversification strategy—and it’s beginning to work. Now, the state and its regions need to craft a people strategy.
Specifically, the state needs to boost the number of Nevadans who possess at least some postsecondary training in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math—the so-called “STEM” disciplines.

Aimed at focusing the state at a critical moment, this analysis speaks to Nevada’s STEM challenge by providing a new assessment of Nevada’s STEM economy and labor market as well as a review of actions that leaders throughout the state—whether in the public, private, civic, or philanthropic sectors—can take to develop a workforce capable of supporting continued growth through economic diversification.

Strengthening STEM education and workforce training requires concerted efforts on the part of the public and civic sectors alike. Policy mermos available at this webpage provide additional detail (including implementation specifics and budgetary impact) so that leaders can take action on key recommendations advanced in "Cracking the Code on STEM."

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The report, “Cracking the Code on STEM,” discusses—with reference to Nevada—how all Mountain Region states need to think about their future workforce development.
 
Overall, the report concludes that without concerted action to prepare more residents for jobs in STEM-intensive fields like IT, health, cleantech, and manufacturing serious skills shortages could limit growth in promising industries in the Mountain Region and cause states and their citizens to miss out on high-quality employment.  Accordingly, the report concludes with a suite of public- and civic-sector action items.
 
Virtually all of these recommendations are transferable to other states and regions.

NEW PUBLICATION: “Cracking the Code on STEM: A People Strategy for Nevada's Economy," Brookings Mountain West and Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program