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A knowledge-based economy needs a digitally savvy workforce. That means not just attracting talent from other places but fostering local skills and constructive mindsets among children and youth who will be our knowledge workers five, ten and twenty years from now. Intelligent Communities take a strategic approach to turning their educational system into a ladder of opportunity extending from the elementary grades through entry-level jobs in the community. They do it in partnership with every level of the educational system and employers throughout the region. In Ladders of Opportunity: Growing and Retaining Tomorrow’s Talent, ICF shares the strategies and experiences of four Intelligent Communities in building the workforce of the future.