EcO Network Regional Guiding Team

In order to coordinate and align the Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Attainment Networks, an EcO Regional Guiding Team is in place. The EcO Regional Guiding Team is a small group representing the diverse stakeholders from the public, private and social sectors. Its membership principally consists of representatives from the region’s three networks and representatives from the partnership organizations.

This Regional Guiding Team is responsible for supporting the overarching goals of the entire network and the three networks that are tasked with improving their respective portion of the learning system. The guiding team is also responsible for ensuring that the education attainment network is coordinated and aligned with the work of the economic cluster networks to create greater economic opportunity for the region.

The guiding team and the initial three networks created to conduct work in the region share responsibility for a set of services including the following: strategic alignment (common agenda), continuous communication (regular meetings), data coordination, leveraged resource development, shared infrastructure, network coordination, advocacy and policy, and partnership development.

The Regional Guiding Team has also accepted responsibility to coordinate the EcO Network and its work with state-level initiatives and resources.

Guiding Team Members: Contact Information.

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The Federation Governance Model

The partnership agrees to work together using a federation model as its collaborative process of governance. A federation governance model incorporates the belief that all parties are coming together willingly to be a part of something larger than themselves. The model relies on an ethic of stewardship—the willingness to be held accountable for the wellbeing of the larger system by operating in the spirit of service, rather than control. Essentially, the group doing the governing sees itself as a bottom-up, “servant leadership” group, willing to take responsibility for the success of the whole regional learning and workforce system.

The Stakeholder Engagement Process

The partnership uses a common language and approach for engaging regional stakeholders. A disciplined engagement process creates a kind of “community operating system” that guides and shapes a conversation among a diverse group of stakeholders and provides a framework for their shared work together. The process co-creates strategies that move the needle on key metrics and shared outcomes while simultaneously building the underlying collective capacity of the region.

The EcO Guiding Team

A guiding team is a small leadership group that acts as the glue for collaboration. The team serves and supports larger groups of community stakeholders, facilitating their work and co-designing a process of engagement to achieve shared outcomes. Guiding team members learn how to work together through clearly defined roles and a collaborative structure that creates the mutually reinforcing actions necessary to solve complex community challenges.

The EcO Network guiding team is a diverse group of stakeholders from the public, private and social sectors whose membership principally consists of representatives from the region’s three networks and representatives from the partnership organizations. The team is responsible for supporting the overarching goals of the entire network and the three networks that are tasked with improving their respective portion of the learning system. The guiding team is also responsible for ensuring that the education attainment network is coordinated and aligned with the work of the economic cluster networks to create greater economic opportunity for the region.