US and State Challenges and Priorities

It's the Economy!!!

DLA Value Proposition:  Increase your Gross State Product (GSP)

State legislators have a responsibility to increase their state’s GSP.   When state growth declines, a downward spiral begins. Increasingly, state leaders are recognizing that their state’s economy is fragile and there is a potential economic decline rooted in a huge misalignment between employer needs and available skilled workers. 

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Lower state revenues begin a downward spiral that reduces education and public service funding, produces less qualified graduates, lowers per-capita incomes, increases tax burdens, and eventually forces an industry exodus from your state.
When industry leaves, so do skilled workers, and vice versa.

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Negative Trends:

  • Declining student outcomes in public ed, higher ed, and adult education
  • 90% of future workforce needs some level of IT skills and student capabilities will fall far short by 2020
  •  Higher education continues to drive for 4year degrees in "non-skilled" majors  ("degrees to nowhere")
  • High tech jobs will increasingly move overseas.  China has more English-speaking engineers that the US.
  • College graduates with wrong degrees will compete for the low skills/low paying jobs 


But states can reverse their slide on its downward path by focusing on developing, attracting,
The nation’s continuous decline in international education rankings is leading to a dangerous shortage in the qualified skilled workforce we need for the future.andretaining a workforce with the right mix of skills and education a growth economy requires.

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DLA Team has a successful state economic development model

  • DLA Economic Development Success in Utah (1988-Present)
  • Focus on skilled workforce, quality education, and university R & D technology transfer
  •  Utah is highest rated state in digital learning
  • DLA is transferring the Utah "Digital State" economic model to other states

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 7 million Americans were unemployed in June 2017, while at the same time 5.7 million jobs remain unfilled in America – the most since the department started keeping track in the early 2000s. This jobs gap exists because millions of prospective employees lack appropriate career education, training, and skills.  The vacancies were especially abundant in manufacturing, information technology, and health care.


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The "Top 3" criteria for economic development

1. Skilled workforce development withemployersare: needs alignment.  DLA calls this "Market-Driven Education"
2. Quality public and higher education
3. University research and development and technology transfer

1.    GSP-Gross State Product needs to be the ultimate goal and measurement
2.    Economic Development's #1 requirement is building a highly qualified skilled workforce aligning with employers needs
3.    Skilled workforce depends on improving public and higher ed student outcomes and career alignment
4.    Successful digital learning in public, higher ed, and existing workforce is the fastest and most effective path to resolving these challenges
5.    Effective digital learning expansion MUST be initiated, funded, and governed by state legislatures

DLA's "Core Competencies”