In 2007, the Heldrich Center worked with the Atlantic City-based Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to identify and help address the workforce and economic competitiveness advantages within the Atlantic City, New Jersey region. The Heldrich Center worked with local economic development officials to assess and understand the job demands of the most prominent industries they deemed critical to the development and operation of major development projects planned over the next 10 years, as well as assess and understand the workforce supply available to meet future demand.
From 2007 to 2008, the Heldrich Center and the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations studied the effect of information technology on the logistics industry and its workforce, with a particular focus on the Port of New York and New Jersey. The study identified how the logistics chain's rapid transformation restructured its labor markets.
In 2009, the Heldrich Center conducted research and produced a report that offered a comprehensive analysis of a major longitudinal dataset to examine the transition of American students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from high school into the labor force. The report generated significant coverage of the STEM issue in nationwide media outlets such as BusinessWeek, Science Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Education Week. (Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)
College undergraduates often lack timely information about industries and careers available in local and national labor markets, information that is critical to making informed decisions about majors, jobs, and careers. The Heldrich Center is partnering with the School of Arts & Sciences and Career Services at Rutgers University to implement a pilot one-credit course for college sophomores designed to introduce them to various resources, information, and concepts important for career planning.
In 2007, the Heldrich Center assisted the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Economic Growth to develop version 2.0 of the state’s Economic Growth Strategy. In 2006, the Heldrich Center played a primary role in the development of the first version of the strategy. In 2007, the Heldrich Center assisted in the development of the state’s strategies for: urban economic development, global trade and investment, and workforce development.
From 2007 to 2008, the Heldrich Center worked with Union County, New Jersey government and the Union County Workforce Investment Board to produce a profile of the economic landscape of Union County based on an analysis of currently available data and interviews with key stakeholders. The Heldrich Center identified key trends in the local economy and key industries that drive its local and regional economy. The Heldrich Center also profiled the characteristics of the county workforce and identified the county's key education and training resources.
From 2007 to 2008, the Heldrich Center again worked with the meadowlands region in New Jersey to perform research and analysis that supported the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce in their efforts to develop economic growth strategies for the region. The Heldrich Center identified an economic profile for the region and provided research on trends affecting key industry sectors.
The Heldrich Center is conducting a process evaluation of the implementation of Rutgers University’s professional science master’s degree program. The Center is also helping the program roll out e-portfolios and assess student learning. (Funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education)
In 2003, the Heldrich Center conducted a national survey of American workers to identify the extent to which workers were affected by economic issues and business restructuring during the 2000-2003 recession. The survey showed that the economic situation during that period cut a wide swath of dislocation throughout the US economy, with nearly one in five American workers reporting that they were laid off from their jobs during the three-year period.
In 2004, the Heldrich Center conducted a national survey of American workers and employers to identify the extent to which workers and employers were continuing to be affected by economic issues and business restructuring during the post-9/11 recession.