Arnie Richter has served in a variety of roles for the firm since 2001, most recently transitioning from a full-time role directing the state and regional practice, to a part-time position as a Senior Advisor on state and regional projects. He is currently working primarily on his third major project with the State of South Carolina.
Beginning with Workforce3One – now Workforce GPS – Arnie worked on or managed many of the firm’s foundational projects with ETA, including Reemployment, Dislocated Worker, InnovatETA and others. He also authored three regional planning publications for ETA: “A Blueprint for Community Action: American P.R.I.D.E. - Positive Regional Innovation Developing Economies;” “Transforming Manufacturing Economies for Global Competition: A Resource Guide”; and “Talent Driving A Globally Competitive Economy” – a booklet prepared to develop regional leadership in Newton, Iowa – the site of ETA’s first Regional Innovation Grant.
Moving into our groundbreaking state and regional work, he successfully managed or oversaw several complex projects, directing staff from as many as six different organizations to achieve multiple objectives for disparate user groups. As the field of workforce development and the firm itself evolved, he led our early industry sector-based projects and until recently was the manager and lead SME for Maher’s state and regionally-based engagements, including multiple projects in Kentucky, Iowa, Arkansas, South Carolina, New Jersey, Illinois and Georgia. He also has continued to write, and was the primary author, development manager and editor of the “Local Officials Guide to Regional Economic Adjustment,” a 100-page “How To” guide published by the Department of Defense/Office of Economic Adjustment and still used by that agency, its grantees and others fully six years later.
Having spent 25 years in earlier consulting and management positions prior to joining Maher, he continues to apply his depth and breadth of knowledge and perspective to cutting-edge issues in workforce, education and economic development, and especially their nexus with the private sector. He remains a valued member of the firm in assisting the state/regional practice and retains an abiding interest in developing multi-sector leadership and planning teams, and using data to improve services and outcomes for individuals and employers.
Arnie has a Master of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University, and resides in Florida.