Research Topics

Disability Employment

From 2006 to 2007, the Heldrich Center conducted an assessment of the workforce needs of the warehousing and distribution industry in the New York/New Jersey region for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to support their Portfields Initiative. Port Newark/Port Elizabeth is the busiest port complex in the eastern United States and a critical driver of the region's economy.

In 2005, the Heldrich Center worked with the New Jersey Governor’s Office to compare the availability of a skilled workforce in the area surrounding Fort Monmouth with the workforce in the area surrounding Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The report was used to inform U.S. Department of Defense policymakers involved in the Base Realignment and Closing process that the unique expertise found in the Fort Monmouth area would be difficult to duplicate at the reassigned site in Maryland.

As part of its work under the NTAR Leadership Center for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Heldrich Center has maintained a strategic focus on older workers, delving into a range of issues connected to the aging workforce, disability, and employment. The Heldrich Center launched the initiative with a December 2010 roundtable entitled, Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce: Developing an Action Strategy.

In 2001, the Heldrich Center worked with the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey and the state's pharmaceutical companies to perform a workforce supply and demand analysis designed to understand the emerging and long-term workforce needs of New Jersey's pharmaceutical and medical technology industry. The industry, at that time, employed more than 66,000 individuals in the state and was considered one of the leading employers in the state.

From 2009 to 2010, the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Economic Growth contracted with the Heldrich Center to produce a report that compared various approaches, programs, and incentives key competitor states were using to attract and grow green jobs in the energy sector. The report was designed to inform the development of the state’s economic growth strategies in the energy industry. (Funded by a grant from the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Economic Growth)