Next Generation Sector Partnership Community of Practice




A national Industry Partnership Academy that uses the real experience, on-the-ground knowledge and lessons learned of practitioners in the field to train others on the principles and strategies of Next Generation partnership-building.



The intensive 2-day Next Generation Sectors Academy will provide workforce, education, economic development, and business leaders from across the country with practical tips, tools, and trainings to improve strategies for engaging with industry. The days will be filled with:

  • Hands-on workshops,
  • Case profiles,
  • Facilitation training,
  • Panels of industry champions,
  • Role playing and simulations, and
  • Breakouts on industry-specific trends and topics


“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”



What are Next Generation Sector Partnerships?

They are partnerships of companies, from the same industry and in a shared labor market region, with education, workforce development, economic development and community organizations. They primarily focus on the talent needs of an industry, but modern Next Gen sector partnerships focus on other issues related to an industry’s competitiveness too. This ensures deeper, broader, longer-term industry engagement, and therefore improved chances of truly understanding the industry’s talent needs in the short and long terms. 

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Our Mission

Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.



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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.

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If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.

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