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Aerospace Technology Healthcare Infrastructure Logistics


Carey O’Connor, Chair
Flowserve Corporation


Sarah Carabias-Rush
Dallas Regional Chamber

Jon Gustafson
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Wes Jurey
Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Laurie Bouillion Larrea
Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

Judy McDonald
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

Cynthia Fisher Miller
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

Dan Naegeli
University of North Texas

Victoria Powell
B.R. Powell & Associates, P.C.

David Setzer
Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas

Maria Smith-Brackenridge
North Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization (RCIC)

The Present

Industry Clusters are a Texas Priority … and the DFW Region Leads the Way

The Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Workforce Leadership Council (RWLC) is the driving force for a cooperative approach to promoting the region’s strongest industries. Following the industry cluster concept popularized by Michael Porter and the directives of Governor Rick Perry’s Industry Cluster Initiative, the RWLC has focused on supporting the region’s key clusters.

The RWLC works to meet industries’ needs through the collaboration of the local workforce boards, chambers of commerce and business leaders. By addressing the employment, training and certification needs of the region’s industries, the RWLC aids in the further growth and success of the Dallas/Fort Worth economy. To date, the RWLC has received over $12 million in grants for training and educational initiatives that meet the needs of DFW regional employers.

National Recognition

In 2008, the RWLC received two prestigious awards commending it for its innovative work: the National Association of Workforce Boards' (NAWB) Theodore E. Small Partnership Award Distinguished Honoree for innovative business-led community partnerships and the U.S. Department of Labor Honorable Mention for Building a Regionally Focused Workforce Strategy, which recognizes talent development programs from around the nation that have achieved outstanding success.

Impact on Local Industry and Employers

To date, the RWLC has created clusters in the following areas: Aerospace, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Logistics (Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain) and Technology. The RWLC's annual report outlines the impacts it has had in these industries over the past year, as well as plans for continuing the region's success. The achievements made throughout the past year reflect the dedicated work of the RWLC, but more importantly, they are a testament to the continuous support of the business community. The RWLC looks forward to continued collaboration with our major industry leaders in developing initiatives that increase the region's global economic competitiveness.

The Future

Be Part of the Future

The future of the RWLC will be driven by the needs of the industries it serves. Additionally, the organization will continue to seek out opportunities to support the growing industries in the region. The active participation of business, education and community leaders will ensure the continued success of the RWLC and the region's economy. Get involved now. Contact the appropriate Cluster Manager to see how you can get your organization involved in cluster activities.

The DFW Regional Workforce Leadership Council (RWLC) was formed in 2002 with a memorandum of understanding between the Dallas, North Central Texas and Tarrant Workforce Boards and the Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth Chambers of Commerce that guided the work of developing industry clusters. Led by business, the RWLC has functioned as the convener and connector for the formation and ongoing development of the regional clusters. The membership also includes representatives from the targeted industries as well as important education partners.
Impact on Education
In 2007, the RWLC convened a group of leaders in the DFW education community to determine whether an education cluster was needed to address math and science readiness. The group decided to form a Math and Science Readiness Cluster since all industry clusters require math and science proficiency and to address the increased demand for math and science in high teachers caused by Texas House Bill 1 which requires all students entering the ninth grade in 2007 – 2008 school year take four years of math and science in order to graduate. The Cluster is in the initial formation stages.

How to Get Involved

Targeted industries within the Clusters (Aerospace, Healthcare, Logistics, Math and Science Readiness and Technology):

  • Contact the appropriate Cluster Manager to see how you can get organization involved in cluster activities
  • Participate in regional education engagement opportunities such as job shadowing for students and teachers, career forums and other venues
  • Share specific workforce needs with the RWLC to more accurately target potential employees

Education and training organizations:

  • Contact the appropriate Cluster Manager to see how you could become a certified training provider or sponsor an education forum at your institution
  • Work with the Cluster Managers to target specific occupations that are in hot demand and match students with those occupations
  • Participate in regional education engagement opportunities that serve to generate connectivity and creative ideas for matching employer needs with education resources
  • Participate in the various training opportunities developed through grants received by the Clusters

Parents, students and community members:

  • Encourage cluster activity by requesting industry and education participation at the local school level

Cluster Managers


Judy Bell

Workforce Solutions
for Tarrant County

1320 S. University
Suite 600
Fort Worth, TX 76107



Eric Griffin

Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

1201 Main St
Suite 2700
Dallas, TX 75202





Eric Griffin

Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

1201 Main St
Suite 2700
Dallas, TX 75202




Kent Andersen

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas

600 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011



John Shellene

DFW Technology & Education Council

12770 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75251