Targeted Industries

Targeted industries were selected by applying a hybrid analysis approach. Both industry cluster analysis and an occupational cluster analysis were used to provide a comprehensive view of the Region’s existing and emerging industry and labor environment. Where traditional industry cluster analysis is used to group industries that share a similar customer and supplier network, occupational cluster analysis is used to group industries that draw from the same pool of skilled workers.

By using these two methods in combination, the Alliance identified industry recruitment targets that are a strategic fit for the region, both in terms of their connection to the existing regional industry base, and in terms of their compatibility with the region’s existing workforce.

Industry Cluster Analysis

Information Technology & Professional Business Services

  • Cybersecurity
  • Scientific Research and Development Services
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services

Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

  • Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
  • Other Financial Investment Activities
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
  • Other Investment Pools and Funds

Health and Life Sciences

  • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
  • Specialty Clinics

Information and Communications

  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  • Cable and Other Program Distribution
  • Internet Service Providers and Web Search Portals
  • Internet Publishing and Broadcasting
  • Software Publishers

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Plastics Product Manufacturing
  • Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Production and Extraction
  • Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
  • Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing


  • Distribution
  • Shipping
  • Transportation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Warehousing and Storage

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