Methodologies to identify strategic clusters inform and guide investment decisions basing them on evidence-based, quantitative data.
Workforce and economic development partner agencies, such as the Department of Commerce, may work from different lists of strategic clusters because investment strategies vary.
In the interest of consistency, the Workforce Board encourages partner agencies to use a shared set of cluster source data and indexing processes to identify strategic clusters.
Clusters are but one of many strategies for workforce and economic development.
Local areas may provide supplemental data and supporting evidence the Workforce Board can use to improve lists of strategic clusters.
Potential (or “emerging”) clusters are not identified in the scope of the 2008-09 analysis of clusters and strategic clusters. They do, however, have a role in other workforce and economic development initiatives.
The geographic locus of strategic clusters is regional, not statewide.
Strategic cluster lists shall be updated periodically to keep pace with changing economic conditions.