On Nov. 17, more than 75 attendees heard from Angie Carr-Klitzsch (CEO of EmployIndy), Tedd Grain (Deputy Director of LISC Indianapolis) and Michelle Beer (Director of Financial Stability at United Way of Central Indiana) at Development on Tap. The discussion focused on EmployIndy’s new strategic plan and partnership for neighborhood workforce development. Employers throughout Greater Indianapolis are experiencing growth, and, with growth, comes the promise of more jobs. Yet, many of these jobs require skills that some residents in our urban neighborhoods do not possess. EmployIndy, LISC Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana seek to bridge this skills gap to connect work-ready individuals to in-demand positions for employers. Panelists discussed their collective efforts to enhance Indianapolis’ workforce ecosystem in order to better connect residents in targeted urban neighborhoods to family-sustaining jobs. By prioritizing efforts these targeted neighborhoods, we can take active steps toward building a more equitable approach to workforce development. By growing our region’s potential from the inside, we can begin to support all Marion County residents as they pursue the American Dream.