Northern Indiana’s long-term prosperity hinges on having a skilled and talented workforce that can meet the needs of employers today and into the future. The challenge of developing this workforce is multi dimensional and requires the involvement and cooperation of our region’s leading institutions, organizations, businesses and community leaders.
Five months ago, a coalition of regional stakeholders met and launched a talent and workforce review. Members of the coalition included the Corporate Partnership for Economic Growth (CPEG), WorkOne Northern Indiana, the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, Fulton Economic Development Organization, Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation, Marshall County Economic Development Corporation and the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce.
Indianapolis based consulting firm Thomas P. Miller and Associates (TPMA) was engaged to research and write the report. To develop the Roadmap, TPMA conducted interviews with local businesses, education providers and workforce professionals to learn about the programs and initiatives that are already in place in the region. The firm also drew from its extensive experience working with communities around the country on workforce development projects to provide examples of national programs that could be implemented in Northern Indiana.
The result of this process is the Talent Roadmap for Northern Indiana, a regional review with recommendations that range from short-term efforts focused on expanding current programs, to long-term strategies that create new initiatives targeted at talent recruitment. Stakeholders will reconvene to discuss the report recommendations and consider next steps for the community.
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