• New Growth Group Releases “Place Matters: Introducing Skills-Driven Regional Economic Development”

New Growth Group released Place Matters, the introductory white paper of the series “A Skills-Driven Approach to Regional Economic Development”.  Place Matters digs into data from Metropolitan Statistical Areas, revealing the differences between regions with highest and lowest concentrations of skilled workers. The paper makes the case for a skills-based approach to regional economic development.

Download Place Matters HERE.

  • Grants Drive Innovative Practices

Innovation isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of grant writing, but at New Growth Group we see grants as an opportunity for organizations to bring innovative practices and strategies to life.  We’ve worked closely with partners to secure funding for new approaches to workforce challenges such as supporting re-entry populations and building interstate partnerships to develop a regional sector strategy. One of the most innovative programs we have written a grant for is the Commercial Truck Driving Technology program at Hinds Community College in Jackson, MS, as part of a TAACCCT grant for the Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Consortium (MRTDL).


  • Expanding the Talent Pool

If our work across the country has taught us anything, it is that a region’s people are its number one asset; the skills and abilities of a region’s population are the currency that propels growth. The readiness of an area’s workforce to take on new challenges and drive the economy forward is often measured by their percentage of college degree attainment and indeed countless analyses tell a story of separation between more-educated workers and places and those that are less-educated. (more…)

  • What We’ve Learned About Program Evaluation

Evaluation is one of New Growth’s core services. We’ve worked with nearly 100 clients in 18 states over the last seven years, ranging from K-12 districts to chambers of commerce to philanthropies. Recently, the team sat down to reflect on our experiences and the following lessons emerged from the conversation.


  • Communities Thrive When Businesses Have a Strong Workforce

Principal, Chris Spence, reflects on why he founded New Growth Group

New Growth has had a great few years marked by a growing staff, expanding client roster, and fascinating portfolio of projects that embody our vision: Communities thrive when businesses have a strong workforce and people have opportunities to advance in careers. Recently, I’ve had an opportunity to pause and reflect on how this organization can best promote more of this work, and it’s increasingly clear that we need to help communicate the essential importance of investing in American workers, especially in America’s heartland. This blog, along with other materials produced by New Growth, is about American workers, changing communities, and new approaches needed to see communities thrive. (more…)

January 2017
  • New Growth is Growing!

New Growth recently added two new team members with varied expertise to further our mission. We welcomed Kaci Roach, Project Manager and Robin King, Grant Services Manager. Visit Our Team page for team member bios.

December 2016
  • $500,000 EDA i6 Grant Win

New Growth authored a winning application to the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s i6 Challenge. The Northeast Ohio Regional Acceleration in Digital Innovation initiative (NEO ReADI) was awarded $500,000 and will provide proof-of-concept & commercialization services to start-ups in a Core Digital Technology cluster. Click here for an overview of the project.

October 2016
  • New Growth in the News!

New Growth’s evaluation of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future workforce program was highlighted in the Chicago Tribune. Read the article here.

August 2016
  • $1.2M Grant Win

New Growth authored a winning $1.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant for ASU Mid-South’s Educational Opportunity Center, a Federal TRiO program that will improve adult college readiness. For more info on EOC grants, click here.

May 2016
  • New Growth in the News!

New Growth Director of Strategic Planning & Policy, Rebecca Kusner, was cited by Crain’s Cleveland Business in their story about TalentNEO. Read the article here and visit talentneo.org.

October 2015
  • Veteran Owned Small Business

New Growth is proud to announce that it is officially verified as a Veteran Owned Small Business by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.