In a coordinating partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation, SWTWC will develop Civic Markets solutions with Clark Strategic Partners to address transportation workforce challenges all state departments of transportation face.
Anticipated Partnership Duration: 2015 – Center lifetime
Timeline and Overview
In June 2015, SWTWC Director Thomas O’Brien and SWTWC Associate Director Tyler Reeb attended a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Peer Exchange to explore ways to address the workforce challenges facing state departments of transportation. During the Peer Exchange, Reeb raised the prospect of using the Civic Markets model to bring together leaders in industry, government and research and development to address challenges facing the transportation workforce and state departments of transportation.
After, Michael King from CDOT contacted Reeb and asked if he could get more information on Civic Markets models. To build on that interest, Reeb connected King and CDOT with Dr. Woodrow Clark of Clark Strategic Partners. Clark is a Civic Markets consultant and expert who has written several books and numerous articles on the subject.
Reeb hosted a conference call for King and Clark to further discuss Civic Markets, and all three agreed to develop Civic Market solutions to the challenges facing CDOT.
King of CDOT will meet with CDOT’s new executive director to confirm his support for making CDOT as a case study in intelligent transportation systems innovations. After securing that support, Reeb and Clark will work to convene a group of leaders in government, industry and research and development to move forward on the case study plan.
Further building on this partnership, Reeb served as a speaker for CDOT’s Workforce Adaptation Peer Exchange as part of CDOT’s “Futures Forum” on April 19, 2016. The Peer Exchange also included representatives from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Washington Department of Transportation.
At the Exchange, Reeb served as an intermediary for attendees to understand current and future transportation workforce challenges, and how state DOTs may address these challenges through engagement with the private sector to implement innovative technology that facilitates the provision of services for their population.
- Research on Civic Market solutions as applied to transportation industry
- Data and results from case study; including effectiveness of Civic Market solutions and innovations in intelligent transportation systems
- High-level discussions regarding future transportation workforce challenges and solutions
The purpose of this partnership is to explore how Civic Market models can meet state DOT workforce challenges. If effective, SWTWC will identify best practices so other state DOTs can emulate and build upon Civic Market solutions as applied to their state or region. In addition, SWTWC will be involved with the case study in innovative intelligent transportation systems, and be better positioned to forecast skills and competencies the transportation workforce will need to meet these changes.
This partnership will also result in greater willingness by the public sector to collaborate with other private organizations, and increase active investment in innovative technology and practices in public services to maintain relevancy in the transportation workforce. Furthermore, this will enable SWTWC to identify gaps in the state transportation workforce, and develop partnerships to support state DOT employees.
- SWTWC networked at CDOT Peer Exchange 2015.
- SWTWC Associate Director Tyler Reeb served as a speaker and intermediary for related workforce issues.
- SWTWC Associate Director Tyler Reeb enriched the high-level discussion taking place with Civic Market models to meet DOT challenges.
- SWTWC identified Dr. Woodrow Clark of Clark Strategic Partners as an expert for Civic Market models.
- SWTWC connected CDOT and Clark Strategic Partners.
- SWTWC hosted a conference call between Michael King from CDOT and Clark from Clark Strategic Partners.
- SWTWC will support CDOT in case study efforts; e.g. identify gaps in data, refine methodology, assess and analyze results, and connect with needed partners.