DRAFT "Help Wanted"- Strategies to Address Our Employment Needs

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Developing, retaining and attracting a talented workforce is critical for Greater Minnesota to sustain and grow rural businesses and communities. Addressing workforce needs was prioritized and documented in Region Five Development Commission’s Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy and within the statewide rural economic development plan, DevelopMN, crafted by the state's Regional Development Commissions (RDC’s).

Partners, such as the Initiative Foundation, have been committed to assisting communities thrive in ways that offer ownership and improved livelihoods for decades, and others, such as Central Lakes College, have years of experience and success in closing the educational achievement gap to increase our qualified labor force.

We know the issue, we have capacity, it’s time to strategize & deploy additional action!

Under the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Rural MN CEP is conducting a regional planning effort and has identified the need to bring together regional partners to help develop solutions that assure rural regions have both a skilled and available workforce.

Regional Champions appreciate how partnerships and innovation are essential to successful outcomes, and we fully comprehend that partnerships within the walls of commerce alone…without the reinforcement of welcoming communities, is fleeting and momentary. Thus, our collective efforts seek to attract and retain talent that will remain in our communities. Our emerging workforce needs combined with the need to be welcoming communities will require a broad base of knowledge.

Therefore, the following partners who bring specific expertise in the areas of workforce development, economic development, diversity, community development, education, and business sector development, will co-host a one-day summit to identify the characteristics of the regional labor force, assessing needs and creating employer driven strategies.

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (Rural MN CEP)

Central Lakes College (CLC)

Initiative Foundation

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC)

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)

University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce

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