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November 13, 2019

SAN DIEGO, CA — Together with the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program and Reimagine Retail Initiative, the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce undertook a year-long research project to understand possible social, economic and regulatory forces acting on the retail sector in San Diego County.

The Workforce Partnership launched a new web experience to share research findings and resources. Research on the local retail sector includes cross-border purchasing and employment patterns, the impact of new minimum wage legislation, racial disparity in the sector and the future of retail jobs.

The website shares research findings through an interactive retail industry report, an audio-guided deep-dive into the sector, and findings from interviews with workers and retailers. The site also includes practical research tools the Workforce Partnership developed in the work.

Results of their research led the Workforce Partnership to reshape service delivery to workers and engagement strategies with retail businesses. Their experiences offer insights for workforce leaders around the country. To explore these new resources, visit

San Diego Workforce Partnership

The Workforce Partnership is the leader for innovative workforce solutions in San Diego County. A joint powers authority (JPA) entity and 501c3 nonprofit, the Workforce Partnership funds and delivers programs that enable all job seekers to develop the skills and knowledge needed for in-demand careers. The Workforce Partnership also provides ongoing labor market research on the region’s workforce trends and key industries. Its vision is to ensure that every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker has access to meaningful employment. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute 

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. Reimagine Retail is a project of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, which advances strategies, policies, and ideas to help low- and moderate-income people thrive in a changing economy.

Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) 

CSW is a national non-profit organization that partners with philanthropy, government, business, and community leaders to connect workers with education and good jobs, increase the competitiveness of companies, and build sustainable communities. For over 28 years, CSW has been an effective catalyst for change, identifying opportunities for innovation in work and learning and supporting transformative change in policy and practice. CSW has worked with dozens of workforce investment boards, state and local workforce agencies, community-based organizations, and community colleges to create lasting impact through their collaborative action. More information about CSW is available at

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