Each community will receive $275,000 from Lumina in support of local efforts to educate more people and enable community and education leaders to better meet the specific needs of residents. To date, Talent Hub investments by Lumina and Kresge have totaled more than $10 million.
Joining seventeen other communities selected as Talent Hubs in 2017, the new designees — Corpus Christi, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Elkhart County, Indiana; Las Vegas, Nevada; Mobile, Alabama; Rio Grande Valley, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri — were chosen based on their success in creating environments that attract, cultivate, and retain talent, particularly students. Talent Hub are expected to focus intensively on one of three populations deemed critical to meeting Lumina's goal of raising the nation's overall post-high school attainment level to 60 percent of working-age adults by 2025: college-age students; older adults with college experience who left school before finishing their studies; or adults with no formal education beyond high school.
The first cohort of Talent Hubs included Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Cincinnati, Ohio, and northern Kentucky; Columbus, Indiana.; Dayton, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; Fresno, California; Los Angeles, California; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; New York City; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Racine, Wisconsin; Richmond, Virginia; Shasta County, California; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"With our partners at Kresge, Lumina's Talent Hubs designation aims to deepen the impact of cross-sector, place-based efforts to increase higher education attainment in communities and cities across the country," said Danette Howard, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the foundation. "Talent Hubs work closely with Lumina and national thought leaders to develop a customized action plan tailored to the needs of their specific communities, with a focus on increasing the percentage of post-high school credentials residents have earned. This effort is directly connected to Lumina's mission of helping the nation ensure that 60 percent of working-age Americans have quality credentials by 2025."