Targeted Sectors

Although the WDI works in all sectors of the economy, we have a special interest in two growing sectors that hold particular promise in terms of good jobs:

  • Manufacturing - Across NYS, we see Manufacturing making a comeback. Companies are retooling/retrenching and making investments in product innovation, equipment, facilities, and the workforce. We believe a healthy manufacturing base is a key driver to growth of the rest of the economy. However, the jobs associated with today’s manufacturing are very different from those of previous generations. We are interested in seeing these new jobs – with solid wages and career trajectories – come to NYS.

  • Energy - There is growing recognition that the energy grid needs redesign and greater resiliency. Both an aging-out of the current energy workforce and a shift towards renewable and smart technologies that require new skills are complicating factors from a workforce perspective. These jobs are highly skilled and well paid, and we expect to see their continued growth.