Stakeholder involvement is the key to successful access to jobs planning. Engaging the appropriate organizations and individuals in planning efforts is critical to identifying the needs of the target population, the needs of the community/region, the transportation services available, and the identification of new solutions.
Stakeholder participation will vary in communities and regions around the country. Developing successful transportation initiatives to assist members of the target population find jobs and keep jobs is a task that no one agency can manage alone. A variety of services and support mechanisms are necessary to help these individuals successfully overcome the transportation barriers they face. Identifying the appropriate stakeholders and enabling their participation in job access planning is a critical element for making welfare reform a success.
This chapter focuses on identifying which organizations or agencies should be involved as a stakeholder, what role they may play, regional differences, and issues associated with forming new partnerships.