Strengthening the U.S. Workforce Pipeline Through Collaborative Action
Northeast Ohio rallies corporations, educational institutions and workforce organizations to realign the talent demand and supply imbalance
Like so many regions across the United States, Northeast Ohio is experiencing an imbalance in workforce demand and supply: Job opportunities abound in growing, high-potential industries, but the current talent pool lacks the appropriate knowledge and skills to fill many of these positions. Economic development, corporate, workforce and education partners have joined forces to address this situation with urgency, working to build a strong, qualified talent pipeline to meet the present and future needs of the region’s businesses.
Fueling this collaborative effort with data, Team NEO has just released the 2019 edition of its Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio report, which sheds light on the workforce imbalance to help shape policies and programming strategies. The report, prepared in partnership with Delta Dental and with generous support from The Sherwin-Williams Company, expands on information provided in the Executive Summary released in July.
Engagement is critical to the success of Northeast Ohio’s workforce development plan. In preparation for the report’s release, Team NEO and Delta Dental held three forums, each focusing on one of the in-demand sectors: health care, IT and manufacturing. In attendance were educators, business leaders and public officials. We were especially pleased that U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez joined the manufacturing conversation. Additionally, the team is participating in a variety of activities to encourage the region’s youth to work toward academic degrees and postsecondary certifications, partnering with groups such as Junior Achievement.
Housing demand outstrips supply so much that developers can be – and are – very selective about where they choose to invest. Factors like land price, annexation and zoning processes, infrastructure costs, density, and community design specs will make or break a developer’s go-or-no-go decision. This panel discussion will provide insights into developers’ decision-making processes, as well as help direct the focus of local economic developers to those areas in which they can add value in housing discussions.
The Call for Presentations for the OEDA Annual Summit to be held September 4-6, 2024, at the Glass City Center in Toledo, Ohio, is now open. The Annual Summit offers a unique platform to highlight innovative solutions, spark discussions, and share impactful strategies that have positively influenced communities. The Annual Summit organizers are seeking speakers to provide a variety of high quality educational sessions to attendees.
The Ohio Economic Development Association has announced JP Nauseef and Dr. Ned Hill as the keynote presenters for the upcoming Ohio Basic Economic Development Course, April 29-May 2, in Dublin, Ohio. JP Nauseef, the President and CEO of JobsOhio, which has been described as the “best in class state economic development partnership,” will welcome the Basic Course students and Keynote the course. Dr. Ned Hill, a recognized national expert in economic growth, regional development, and economic development, will kick off the course by covering “What is Economic Development and What is the Job of an Economic Development Professional?”