The Challenge: According to the Lumina Foundation, by 2025, 65 percent of jobs will require college, certifications or industry-recognized credentials. But fewer than 40 percent of Americans are educated beyond high school.

One Solution: A coordinated approach among various sectors of the community (education, civic and business sectors) to align resources and efforts to improve or impact education and workforce preparation.

The Answer: Bridging Richmond

Bridging Richmond, a regional partnership brings together sectors in nine localities (Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond City) around education and workforce to:

• Develop a common regional agenda
• Develop indicators (data) to measure how collective efforts are working
• Convene and align their work and resources
• Mobilize and build public will