Welcome to the

Inclusive development NETWORK


The Inclusive Development Network is made possible by funding support from ECMC Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

An inclusive network of economic developers

COnnecting economic Development to workforce

Effective, inclusive, and strategic approaches to workforce and talent development are critical to successful economic development in any region across the country.  Now, more than ever, we need to create more economic developers with the skill sets, strategies, and sustainability plans to drive impactful workforce and talent alignment strategies within their communities. In March of 2019, CAEL announced the five communities in the inaugural cohort of the Inclusive Development Network.


Frequently Asked Questions

CAEL, a national consultant on workforce and economic development, in partnership with IEDC and other national leaders, is developing an economic development network of leaders that, through a curated and tailored process of customized strategy creation and implementation planning will leverage peer-to-peer learning and access to national consultants.  The network aims to increase your knowledge, capacity, and approaches which support inclusive workforce development efforts in your area.

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what will selected communities receive?

  • Marketing and exposure on a national stage through IEDC and other national partners

  • Support for creating a more robust equity and inclusion process in your community/organization

  • Technical assistance from national experts for implementation

  • Sustainability planning

  • Funding assistance

  • A comprehensive individualized action plan