Authors: Robert W. Glover, Suzanne Hershey, Christopher T. King, and Deepshikha Roychowdhury
Date: June 2005
Publication Type: Report, 48pp.
This report reviews the nine industry clusters that the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has targeted for economic development in its “Opportunity Austin” campaign to recruit and retain jobs in Austin. The report also compares Austin’s target clusters with the Texas statewide economic development efforts, and it assesses the suitability and receptiveness of each industry cluster for implementing workforce development efforts to remedy labor shortages and support the growth of the cluster. We seek to identify mid-skill occupations that are emerging into a labor shortage situation. These occupations should be suitable for targeting by the workforce system and employers in the industry sector should be sufficiently organized and receptive to collaborate on analyzing the root causes of the shortages and in contributing to the remedies.