Economic Development Week: Education, Workforce Development & Inclusion

posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Economic Development

Written by Will Frost, Director of Talent Development

Workforce and talent development issues continue to be at the forefront of discussions across the state, and here in our community. At Grow Cedar Valley, we don’t see these issues as threats to our local economy but rather opportunities. The Cedar Valley is experiencing a growth of job opportunities that are outpacing our current workforce. The need for workforce serves as an invitation for conversation to connect and inform those about the great career opportunities, cost of living, quality of life and educational opportunities that are available here in the Cedar Valley.

Education and economic inclusion serve as a primary connection and barriers that we have identified is a misalignment with what is needed to grow our communities workforce. To address this, Grow Cedar Valley works with employers to develop necessary on the job training to align skills with needs.

Collaborating with investors and the Cedar Valley community to create a more inclusive business culture is what will help grow our workforce and community. One that celebrates and shapes an environment that is open and accessible to anyone who wishes to participate in the local economy no matter of race, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, familial status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or, gender identity. Creating an inclusive business culture will allow us to not only meet but exceed our talent and workforce goals!

Will Frost

If you want to learn more about Grow Cedar Valley and workforce development initiatives, please contact Will Frost, Director of Talent Development or call 319/232-1156.