Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
Workforce development programs have a positive effect on the formation of a cluster. Incorporating these programs into cluster theory is essential to creating more robust and dynamic local growth in the emerging green energy sector. Studying programs in the green energy sector in the Pioneer Valley has shown an increase in collaboration, local and regional connectivity, and industry communication. These aspects reinforce the comparative advantage of organizations within the cluster, while downplaying their challenges . Applying this focus on workforce development is important for cementing the green energy cluster into an enduring force in the domestic economy in the 21st century.
Altonaga, Nicholas B., "Growing the Green Energy Economy: Workforce Development and Cluster Growth in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts" (2016). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 95.