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Community stakeholder agreements are best facilitated through  frameworks that are built from evidence-based applied research.  Creating an economic value chain from human capital improvement requires governance, faith and industry input.


AIEF recognizes that across the U.S. our education and workforce systems are ready for change and engagement.

Over the past 6 years The National Minority Technology Council (NMTC | www.nmtcouncil.org) has investigated the behaviors and characteristics of community stakeholders in targeted regional workforce systems.  Our research was based on the postulate that if we better understood the dynamic relationships among the people and organizations within the system, there could be a framework developed that would increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the system. The focus was on Virginia’s workforce value chain in low-to-moderate and middle class income communities that have a larger minority population.


Functionally this applied research is considering how can “product or service innovations” be commercialized through iterative “solution domain” activities that focuses on developing network agreements along a systems based methodology that ensures quality, governance and transformative productivity through behavioral and knowledge management.


The collaborative nature of this research allows NMTC the opportunity to create a common good for employers, employees, government, institutions, community, the nation and our global economic ecosystem. 

This is accomplished because of NMTC's legal, non-stock, 501(c)6 status, enhanced with a series of governance, procurement and technology innovations, and effectuated by NMTC's representation of the over 65,000 minority technology employers with total gross receipts of plus $100 Billion.

AIEF Program Goals

Govern actions that facilitate trust, agreement and profit utilizing evidence based applied research.

Ensure there is a viable pipeline of talent supply to our employer member organizations.

Ensure that role based responsibilities are managed, analyzed and reported to ensure feedback before, during, and after project milestones or iterations.

Priority on Community Growth - www.casinitiative.org

Design-Based Research Initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions in both Urban and Rural Communities of Color.

The National Minority Technology Council's Looking Forward Research and Development program office is currently engaged in multiple ongoing longitudinal initiatives all based on the AIEF applied research iterative findings and measured results.


Click on button above to view a current listing of our applied research iterations.

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The Handbook for Planning and Conducting Charrettes for High-Performance Projects, Second Edition, produced in part by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy is one of the key resources used to guide our Charrette process.  (Click to source report

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Community Charrettes

Based on evidence the National Minority Technology Council has embraced Charrettes as a model for both community participation and collaborative creativity.  The term charrette is used here to indicate a creative burst of energy that builds momentum for a project and sets it on a course to meet community project goals.  Our approach to charrettes in community planning for economic growth are research based and allow stakeholders an opportunity to transform their view of a complex problem to realistic and achievable designs that work.

Community Charrette Information Form

In order to effectively develop and implement and report on an effective community charrette there must be a clear decision on the intent and scale of the activity.  NMTC sourced charrettes are developed to assist stakeholders in the communities we serve better grasp a key economic change in how community members can access the high growth high demand opportunities born from 21st Century knowledge economy jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities.   

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Community Charrettes

To find out more about our Community Charrette  stakeholder engagement process please fill out the response form below.  One of our community engagement specialists will be in touch with you to schedule an interview to find out if our process is a fit for your community.  We understand that funding may require direct input from the Council and this is a service that is provided to our members.  Technical assistance fees will be delineated in our member Memorandum of Understanding document prior to initiating our charrette process.   Non- Member engagements are also available upon request.

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Innovation fuels economic growth, the creation of new industries, companies, jobs, products and services, and the global competitiveness of U.S. industries. NMTC understands that building a pipeline for minority innovators to gain access to America's pioneering innovation ecosystems is vital and full inclusion is a national economic imperative.

Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization

Click Above to View our Federal Tech Transfer Collaboration

We must work to systematically increase the number of minority participants in the innovation highway and our partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce is a critical step towards this goal.

Community Growth Priority

The Mission of the National Minority Technology Council's Capital Access Strategy Initiative is to leverage the Minority Technology Industry's growth to economically empower America’s underserved communities.  This will be accomplished by leveraging the collective bargaining powers of our members to aggregate contract award fulfillment in communities that normally would not enjoy the economic impact of Federal, State, or Local contract awards.

Now more than ever, new kinds of partnerships are critical to community development and industry involvement. Working closely with government entities, high impact non-profits, the education community, and the financial community including banks and capital investment partners our industry approach will effectively pool the expertise and creativity and resources of these diverse organizations and enable our industry to reach new levels of success.

Our ability to create a global economic impact is expressed fully by our concentrated efforts to establish a compendium of programs that serve to govern our industry's connection and ability to impact the global growth of 21st Century technology, government and community sourced economies. Collectively our power is in our numbers yet our strength is in our individual capacity to cognate opportunity. Our growth is codified by our joint ability to align as an industry to solve large problems giving us a new position of both acceptance and esteem.

2018 Discover STEM-CTE

Conference Series 

The Discover STEM-CTE National Conference Series brings together industry subject matter experts, university faculty and government leaders with students, parents, teachers and school administrators all working to imagine a better future.

Minority secondary and post-secondary students need to complete their education and find meaningful careers.  Industry and government are both needing highly skilled workers for opportunities now unfilled.   It is necessary for us to forge new and active partnerships to bridge this gap.

Conference Purpose and Objective

The National Minority Technology Council will coordinate activities with multiple stakeholders across the country to ensure students have a chance to learn about 21st Century high-growth, high-demand job opportunities.

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