Research Topics

U.S. Labor Market & Industry

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.

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.

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.

New Jersey's Economic Growth Strategy, released in fall 2006, identified a series of steps the state will take to build a world-class workforce. To support this effort, the Heldrich Center was commissioned to conduct research on the workforce needs of the state's key industries: biopharmaceuticals, finance, and information/communications.

The Heldrich Center will perform two tasks to better understand the workforce demand and educational supply dynamics related to GIS in the southern New Jersey area. First, the Center will perform a detailed assessment of the GIS-related workforce and skill needs of employers. Second, the Center will develop a profile of existing GIS education and training activities at the community college and four-year college levels, as well as major programs at the secondary level.