In late 2016, UAct engaged East Springfield community activist, Sam Johnson, and workforce development specialist, Bill McMahon, to work with the UAct President to begin phase 1 planning for a jobs initiative. The team studied workforce development models and interviewed major Springfield employers and work force development providers. UAct continues to work with Bill and Sam to integrate the idea and “lessons learned” into other UAct initiatives and advocacy but has decide not to pursue it as a stand-alone UAct initiative.