PBJ How Oregon Works: Wrap-around services for workforce support


For the “Educating the Workforce of the Future” installment of Portland Business Journal’s 2019 How Oregon Works series, Stoel Rives attorneys Penny Serrurier and Saskia de Boer co-authored an article titled “Wrap-around services for workforce support,” published December 13, 2019.

In the article, the authors discuss the “wrap-around” model for a community — in which public and private institutions and private firms might be “co-located” with other populations that include employers, employees, administrators, students, taxpayers, and other stakeholders. The model is meant to ensure workers of the future have access to resources they need to succeed, such as affordable housing, education, health care, etc.

The authors describe several examples of implementations of the model in the U.S. and Europe. They conclude: “Engineering better and providing more wrap-around community solutions means that our workforce of the future will spend less time and money on housing and transportation, and more on education, family, training, recreation, and health. These are the elements that have been shown to result in populations that are more productive, creative, energetic, and responsible — our ideal workforce of the future.”

Saskia de Boer and Penny Serrurier are attorneys who advise nonprofit organizations in all aspects of governance, compliance, and tax-related matters including complex collaborations and public-private partnerships. Content contributed by Alexa Kim, Editing Specialist at Stoel Rives and Board Member, Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets.

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