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Getting Ahead Of  Student Angst

Getting Ahead Of Student Angst

Leaders in higher education should not think of the recent surveys of worried students as fait accompli. There are solid strategies for persuading incoming freshman and existing college students to overcome their coronavirus anxieties and come to campus. The surveys...

Working in the New Normal

Working in the New Normal

  If you are like most clients of Thomas P. Miller & Associates, you are acclimating to working from outside of the office, probably from home, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It might be a new experience or an expansion of existing culture, but life is...

Coal Communities Diversify Toward Bright Futures

Coal Communities Diversify Toward Bright Futures

  Coal is in retreat in the United States, with nearly 30% of mining jobs vanishing in the past five years alone. But some coal communities are taking command of their futures through determined innovation. In southwestern Wyoming, a partnership of Sweetwater...

Higher Education Innovates Through a Perfect Storm

Higher Education Innovates Through a Perfect Storm

  Colleges and universities are experiencing challenging times. Online learning is rising at a time when the number of available 18-year-olds is shrinking due to declining birth rates. Traditional colleges and universities also are working to service debt due to...

My Expectations Were Limiting the Potential of My Team

My Expectations Were Limiting the Potential of My Team

Evelyn Burnett Co-founder and Partner, ThirdSpace Action Lab Why can’t my business partners and others around me move more quickly? Why can’t they make snap decisions? Why can’t they sacrifice more, work longer hours and understand the urgency of the problem we’re...

Opportunity Zone Survey Reveals Optimism, Confusion

Opportunity Zone Survey Reveals Optimism, Confusion

A new survey designed to assess the status of Opportunity Zones in Indiana shows a high interest in the economic development incentive. However, the survey, conducted by Thomas P. Miller & Associates with support from the Indiana Economic Development Association,...

Workforce Development In 2020

Workforce Development In 2020

Regardless of industry, workforce and talent have been driving forces in recent years. Thomas P. Miller & Associates believes this trend will accelerate in the next decade and continue to disrupt post-secondary education, workforce development, and talent...

IHCDA Workforce Housing

IHCDA Workforce Housing

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has partnered with Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) to pilot an Anchor Employer Workforce Housing program for the State of Indiana. The program encourages anchor employers across the state to...

WIOA State and Regional Planning Update

WIOA State and Regional Planning Update

A system with many silos also has many plans, but the ‘intent’ of WIOA has encouraged stakeholders in the talent development ecosystem to play in the sandbox and play nicely! As the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) is ending its first four-year State Plan...

TPMA Had a Staff Retreat!

TPMA Had a Staff Retreat!

TPMA employees from around the country gathered in Indianapolis earlier this month for an all-staff training focused on strategic planning; race equity and inclusion (REI); and cross-team collaboration and team building. STRATEGIC PLANNING We turned our strategic...

Tenacity and Trust: A Recipe for a Powerful Partnership

Tenacity and Trust: A Recipe for a Powerful Partnership

By Betsy McIntyre Director, Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Consortium I have had the privilege of working with many partnerships over the years. Each has been similar in terms of purpose (workforce development) and structure (with public and private...

Government Should Empower Citizens to Dream

Government Should Empower Citizens to Dream

By David Henke 3rd District, Elkhart City Council, Elkhart, Indiana  Sometimes government is the barrier. I have been a city councilman in Elkhart, Indiana, for 16 years and chair of the Finance Committee for most of those years. Few of us are experts in finance,...

Let’s Celebrate Workforce Development!

Let’s Celebrate Workforce Development!

It is Workforce Development Month and what did TPMA do to celebrate? Participate, participate, participate. Recognizing the importance of workforce development, specifically the crucial role of federal investments, and its most precious resource, workforce development...

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: City of Paducah

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: City of Paducah

Activities: Communities that invest in the arts reap the additional benefit of jobs, economic growth, and a quality of life that positions those communities to compete in a 21st century creative economy. Paducah has built an entire economic sector around artists,...

A Sweeping Look at Micro Credentials

A Sweeping Look at Micro Credentials

Some of the best workforce training comes in small packages. Bite-sized credentials designed for students with barriers to education and employment can open doors to otherwise difficult-to-reach jobs. Thomas P. Miller & Associates has nearly completed a...

Planning, creativity rescue highway corridor

Planning, creativity rescue highway corridor

A key route near Indianapolis stands a much better chance of reaching its potential thanks to a wide swath of community leadership coming together to create an overarching vision. Mount Comfort Road is on the eastern flank of metro area growth and crosses Interstate...

The Case for Apprenticeships in 2019

The Case for Apprenticeships in 2019

For many people, mention apprenticeships and they immediately think of programs supported by labor unions that provide on-the-job training in a technical trade such as plumbing, HVAC or construction. Apprenticeships in the 21st century look very different, though, as...

Grant Opportunities: June 2019

Grant Opportunities: June 2019

TPMA is always on the lookout for funding opportunities relevant to the clients we serve. Below are some opportunities with upcoming deadlines that we can help write winning applications for. YouthBuild U.S. Department of Labor | Applications due August 6, 2019...

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: City of Elkhart

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: City of Elkhart

Location: Elkhart, Indiana Activities: As the RV Capital of the World and a vital link in the Eastern United States rail network, the City of Elkhart has long distinguished itself for its strong industrial base in recreational vehicle and musical instrument...

Grant Opportunities: April 2019

Grant Opportunities: April 2019

ReConnect Loan and Grant Program | USDA | Applications due May 31, June 21, and July 12 2019 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions | National Science Foundation | Letters of Intent due May 15, 2019 Education for American Civic...

Client Profile: Advantage Valley

Client Profile: Advantage Valley

Location: Huntington to Charleston, West Virginia Corridor   Mission: Firmly establish Advantage Valley as a unified and innovative region and position it to excel in the global economy through strategic marketing, collaboration, OUR MISSION and thoughtful...

Partner Spotlight

Partner Spotlight

TPMA participates in professional development activities throughout the year. Starting in May 2019, we will have two staff members participate in a three-month virtual training program, the Pro Troublemaker Crash Course focused on learning leadership skills for change...

How Successful Leaders Use Grants

How Successful Leaders Use Grants

Grants are often the life blood of innovation and service. Many an initiative and pilot project has sprung to life from well-timed funding infusions, and countless people enjoy better lives as a result. Excellence in using grants can be traced to the mindset of the...

Grant Opportunities – March 2019

Grant Opportunities – March 2019

Grant opportunities for March 2019: Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative | Appalachian Regional Commission | Applications due April 10, 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program | Department of Commerce |...

Rural broadband: a tool for talent attraction

Rural broadband: a tool for talent attraction

Rural communities are rapidly learning the necessity of broadband access as a path to a brighter future. Businesses rely on broadband to reach customers and interact with suppliers. Schools assign homework that can only be completed on the internet. Health care...