Training and Employment
Guidance Letter (TEGL)
RIG Sample Logic Model
RIG Sample Timeline
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration
(ETA) developed an initiative called Workforce Innovation in Regional
Economic Development (WIRED). The goal was to create positive conditions in
regions by integrating economic and workforce development activities. And
also demonstrate that talent development can drive economic transformation
in regional economies across the United States.
RIG’s are essentially a smaller version of WIRED. While WIRED regions
covered broad areas, RIG regions only include a few counties. Regions are
encouraged to cross the border and not limit themselves to state boundaries.
Since RIG’s are based on the WIRED framework, they should follow the same
guidelines when forming. These principles include:
Identifying the Regional Economy - Ignore political boundaries and identify
surrounding areas that share the same economic structure. Form one regional
economy around the assets of several contiguous communities.
Forming a Core Leadership Group - Form a senior executive team responsible for
implementing growth strategies and guiding the transformation effort.
Conducting a SWOT Analysis - Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the Strengths,
Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats in a region that feeds directly into
Creating a Shared Regional Identity and Vision for the Regional Economy
Develop a regional identity and vision for regional economic growth.
Devising Strategies - Create "SMART" strategies (Specific, Measurable,
Achievable, Realistic, and with a Timeline).
Leverage Resources and Implement
- Gather local resources from private,
non-profit, and government groups to implement the new ideas.
This framework is not a linear process and will need constant revision and