The increasing desire to support a knowledge-based economy has generally positioned the talent and creativity of the community’s workforce as a central element of competitiveness.  This has placed an emphasis on both attracting and retaining a highly skilled workforce, but also more fully leveraging the skills and talents of the existing population to accomplish goals around economic diversification and employment growth.  Communities around the world have started to prioritize skill development, as well as on attracting and retaining the skilled and creative people needed to improve prospects for economic development success.