Three Challenges

The Chamber Foundation's portfolio of workforce and talent development initiatives respond to three critical and complex challenges:

  • ALIGNMENT -- What is taught in the classroom doesn't match what is required for a career.
  • DATA -- Jobs and skills are changing faster than we can communicate.
  • TECHNOLOGY -- Technology and data are disrupting nearly every industry for the better, except when it comes to our education and workforce systems.

This work reflects our dedication to pursuing solutions that ensure Americans have the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and the American economy has the skilled workforce it needs to grow.

Job Data Exchange (JDX)

An open-data tool that will allow employers and HR vendors to communicate job requirements in real time.

A new open-data tool, the Job Data Exchange™ (JDX) is the vehicle employers need to move in a scalable, sustainable way towards competency-based hiring. The JDX™ will provide new standards for writing job descriptions and real-time access to dynamic hiring requirements data.

Students and workers will have access to accurate and up-to-date information regarding job requirements and will be able to match their skills to available positions. Employers and their education, workforce, and HR partners will be able to improve their searches for qualified candidates, engage in competency-based hiring, and effectively signal competency and credentialing needs to one another.


Talent Pipeline Management (TPM)

An employer-led strategy to build real career pathways aligned to dynamic business needs.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative is a workforce strategy for our time that can meet the needs of today’s changing business environment. It is a demand-driven, employer-led approach to close the skills gap that builds pipelines of talent aligned to dynamic business needs, so far engaging thousands of employers across 23 U.S. states.

The TPM Academy® builds on this foundation to train state and local leaders, business associations, employers, and economic development agencies to drive partnerships with their education and training providers based on need.


T3 Innovation Network

Creating the roadmap to modernize the technology infrastructure for America's education and workforce data.

To fuel our workforce development initiatives, the T3 Innovation Network™ is made up of employer, education, and workforce stakeholders representing more than 200 companies coming together to explore the talent marketplace of the future, and the emerging technologies that will power it. This group is tackling the pilot projects that will create a modernized public-private data infrastructure, as well as analyzing the technical challenges and ethical considerations that come with them, to better align learner, education, and workforce data. 


The Greater Houston Partnership established UpSkill Houston to bring employers together and strategically expand the talent pipeline for the high-demand careers in industry sectors that are drivers of the region’s economy.

DTE Energy is working to address the skills gap, increase the quality of candidates for in-demand jobs, and build a sustainable pipeline of skilled talent through career path development and skilled trade training programs.

In Vermont, the needs of the business community are aligning with talent development by the education system by using TPM as a strategy for public-private partnership and sustainable growth for the state's key industries.