Sector Partnerships

current partnerships

Northeast PA Advanced Manufacturing Next Generation Industry Partnership

The Northeast PA Advanced Manufacturing Partnership was initially started in 2005, and transitioned into a Next Generation employer-led model in 2018. Membership includes employers spread across the Pocono Counties, Lackawanna, Luzerne/Schuylkill and Northern Tier Workforce Development Boards (WDBs). More than 30 training providers and industry associations have participated in Partnership activities since its inception. The Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board continues to serve as the lead grant applicant on behalf of the business partners and in 2019 KDP will begin its 11th year as the Partnership’s convener and project manager.

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Southwest Corner Building and Construction Trades Industry Partnership

In collaboration with the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board (SCWDB), KDP has managed the Building and Construction Trades Industry Partnership (BCTIP) since 2015.  The BCTIP is a regional initiative supporting the construction industry in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and Greene Counties. The Partnership is focused on strengthening the industry through increasing the skill level and competitiveness of the incumbent workforce.  BCTIP was formed as a way to build a collaborative and regional strategy to address the training needed to help the current workforce adapt to rapid advances in the materials, techniques and technologies related to construction. The Partnership has regularly trained over 1,000 incumbent workers annually.  

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Southwest Corner Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership

In collaboration with the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board (SCWDB), KDP has managed the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership (AMIP) since 2015, including its transition to the Next Generation Sector Strategy Model.  AMIP is a regional initiative supporting the manufacturing industry in Beaver, Greene and Washington Counties. The Partnership is focused on strengthening the industry by increasing the skill level and competitiveness of the incumbent workforce.  AMIP regularly implements training plans that promote the upward career advancement of workers.

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Melissa Fleming, Deputy Director, Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission

"KDP has been a valuable partner advocating training opportunities to our local employers.  Their expertise in training development has helped to build long lasting business relationships in the Northern Tier region."

Patricia Lenahan, Executive Director, Luzerne- Schuylkill Workforce Development Board

“Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Board has been collaborating with KDP 10+ years on numerous workforce initiatives.   KDP offers expertise in workforce development programs, registered apprenticeships, organizational development, and fiscal management of grants.  We look forward to our continued partnership with KDP in building upon workforce strategies that promote the importance of a skilled workforce in Pennsylvania.”

Past Partnerships

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Managed by KDP staff from its inception in 2001 until 2011, the Keystone Transit Partnership was a statewide initiative formed to meet public transit workforce needs in response to the rapid adoption of new transit technologies.  

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 The Keystone Utilities Partnership was a training 

consortium of PA electric, gas, and water utility industry employers and unions managed by KDP from 2006 

to 2016.  The Partnership provided services to 

address emerging technology, the aging workforce, 

and the lack of skilled workers. 

KDP has also managed the following Industry Partnerships:

•   Northeastern PA Logistics and Transportation Industry Partnership,  

      Luzerne-Schuylkill WDB (2014 to 2017)

•   Northeastern PA Food Processing Industry Partnership, 

      Luzerne-Schuylkill WDB (2014 to 2017)

•   South Central Logistics and Transportation Industry Partnership, 

      South Central WDB (2009 to 2010)

•   The SkillUp Building and Construction Industry Partnership, 

      West-Central WDB (2009 to 2012)

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