workforce issues

A common theme from our Business Connections visits this past year – as well as most any conference we’ve attended or article we’ve read – is workforce. While it’s exciting that the state’s unemployment rates are so low (2% regionally!), it’s also worrisome and leaves many organizations wondering where they’re going to find good employees for their team. Manufacturing Business Technology magazine has some suggestions, and so do we. Read more »

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With rising workforce concerns in Iowa, the Governor has set a goal of having 70 percent of Iowa's workforce getting technical training or going to college after high school With current levels at fewer than half, a task force has been assigned to creating a plan to achieve that goal. Read more »

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More than two hundred employers, educators, community leaders, and students attended the 2016 Employer Educator Summit at the Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson on October 13th. The goal of the Summit is to share success stories and information on various statewide resources, as well as make connections with various potential partners for strengthening the future workforce. Read more »

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Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks about STEM education initiatives at the Educator Employer Summit at Wild Rose Casino last Thursday.

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator William Dotzler, and Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend, among others, spoke at the Employer Educator Summit, aiming to inspire dialogue among employers and educators to build a stronger future workforce. Read more »

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The Children’s Nest is now open in Audubon, developed from a series of meetings starting over two years ago regarding the consistent gap in available childcare slots in Audubon County. Read more »

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