NoRTEC’s Next Generation Industry Sector Partnerships


NoRTEC is a leader in Next Generation Industry Sector Partnerships (Next Gen IPs), a sector strategy to coordinate and align workforce, education, economic development, and other public and community partners to support an industry. A Next Gen IP is a partnership of businesses, from the same industry and in a shared labor market region, who work with economic development, education, workforce development, and community organizations to address the overall competitiveness needs of the targeted industry. By addressing these business-driven priorities, Next Gen IPs not only support the overall competitiveness of an industry and regional economy, but also benefit workers, students, and the broader community.

NoRTEC supports this model because Next Gen IPs support training and credential attainment, increased wages, talent recruitment, networking and collaboration across an industry, and increased career and industry awareness, among other benefits. Effective Next Generation IPs enhance industry competitiveness, strengthen regional economies, connect people to career pathways, and promote cross-sector collaboration.

There are currently 5 Industry Sector Partnerships in the NoRTEC Region:

Chicostart’s growTECH

Shasta County Grow Manufacturing Initiative (GMI)

Butte County Grow Manufacturing Initiative (GMI)

Nevada County Tech Connection

Rural Healthcare Partnership in Lassen, Modoc and Plumas Counties