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.
One of the Dayton region’s largest manufacturing companies is planning a massive expansion at one of its local facilities.
Cargill Inc., a Minnesota-based provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services, will invest $225 million to expand its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney.
The project will create new jobs and further enhance Cargill’s presence in the region.read more
The Montrose Group released A Rural Development White Paper: A Mandate for Transformation timed in conjunction with a forum held in Circleville, Ohio before 100 economic development, business and community leaders focused on rural economic development. A copy of the white paper can be found at https://montrosegroupllc.com/2019/10/rural-development-whitepaper-a-mandate-for-transformation/.read more
URBANA, Ohio – On November 1, students from Urbana High School were announced as the winners of the second annual Champaign County Design Challenge during the county-level competition at Urbana University. The winning team, consisting of Ron Ragland, Bryant McKenzie, Dale Mason, Bryant Chamberlain, and Johnny Moore, are part of Ohio Hi-Point’s Advanced Manufacturing satellite program at Urbana High School.read more