Cross Sector Strategies works with clients from the public, private, academic, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors, specializing in projects that require a multi-sector approach.
Select current and past projects include:
Oregon Business Plan & Oregon Cluster Network. Working with the Oregon Business Council, Governor’s office, Oregon Business Development Department, Oregon Innovation Council, and Portland Development Commission to use a cluster-based economic development process to refine statewide policy priorities, make public resource investments, and align the delivery of public agency services and educational platforms to align with industry needs. Elizabeth Redman started the Cluster Network in 2005 in order to create a vehicle that would connect industry clusters with relevant expertise, technical support, and resources. Through interviews, surveys, and focus groups, she has identified the competitiveness challenges and opportunities of Oregon’s clusters and works with industries throughout the state to build their needs into Oregon’s public-private strategy to create jobs, the “Oregon Business Plan.” Her work on Oregon’s cluster strategy led to Oregon’s selection as one of four states participating in a national U.S. EDA grant on “Mapping Regional Innovation Clusters.” Elizabeth is working with the Harvard Business School Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness led by Michael Porter, MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and other leading international competitiveness experts to develop a toolkit for others wishing to achieve similar cluster development success.
Energy Foundation. Advising the Energy Foundation on their strategy for developing clean economy business councils with robust private sector leadership and the ability to influence federal and state energy policy. Advising the Foundation on the role philanthropy can play in the development of clean energy clusters and statewide clean tech economic development strategies across the United States.
Efficiency First. Authored Green Jobs in the Residential Energy Efficiency Industry, the most comprehensive report available in the U.S. on the home performance industry’s job growth projections, workforce challenges, & training priorities. Helped Efficiency First and the San Mateo Community College secure a $1.9 million Community Based Job Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to implement energy efficiency workforce training and job placement for unemployed and incumbent workers. Facilitated the trade association’s national & statewide Labor & Workforce Development Best Practices Working Groups.
San Mateo Community College District. Advised Skyline College on the development of the Bay Area Clean Energy Industry Development Workshop series for their Bay Area Clean Energy Careers Program. Designed and managed the first workshop in the series: “Growing Your Clean Energy Retrofit Business in a Challenging Economy.”
University of California – Berkeley Labor Center. Provided research and recommendations for the Donald Vial Center for Employment in the Green Economy study, California Workforce Education and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Distributed Generation.
East Bay Green Corridor Partnership. Developed the East Bay Green Corridor Partnership’s “green growth” strategy including 8 East Bay, CA cities, the University of California – Berkeley, Cal State University- East Bay, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. By facilitating a series of focused roundtables and conducting additional research, her report, Building the East Bay Green Economy, engaged the private sector to identify key opportunities to grow the region’s green tech industry. The report continues to inform the region’s economic development strategy.