ELKHART, INDIANA, JANUARY 16, 2013. – The Corporate Partnership for Economic Growth has released The Talent Roadmap for Northern Indiana, a regional report researched and written by Indianapolis based consulting firm Thomas P. Miller & Associates. The report makes a series of recommendations for filling existing positions and developing long-term solutions for talent attraction and development in the Northern Indiana region of Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties.
The report comes five months after a coalition of regional stakeholders met and launched a talent and workforce review. Members of the coalition included the Corporate Partnership for Economic Growth, WorkOne Northern Indiana, the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, Fulton Economic Development Organization, Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation, Marshall County Economic Development Corporation and the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce.
“We are pleased with the work done by Thomas P. Miller & Associates in creating the Talent Roadmap for Northern Indiana. The Roadmap is forwarding looking, taking into account both regional best practices and successful national models for workforce development and talent recruitment,” said CPEG President and CEO Shawn Peterson.
To develop the Roadmap and subsequent recommendations, Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) conducted interviews with local businesses, education providers and workforce professionals to learn about the programs and initiatives that are already in place in the region. The firm also drew from its extensive experience working with communities around the country on workforce development projects to provide examples of national programs that could be implemented in Northern Indiana.
“Northern Indiana is not alone in its pursuit of talent,” explains Jessica Borza, Vice President of Workforce Strategies for TPMA. “Communities across the country, specifically the Midwest, are looking at their talent pipeline and challenging businesses, education, economic development and workforce development to work together and take actionable steps that deliver results.”
“The recommendations in the Roadmap are quite comprehensive,” said Peterson. “In broad categories these recommendations are: common regional assessment and credentials; professional recruitment; local promotion & recruitment efforts; and STEM, project based learning and CTE. From these categories, the Roadmap looks at specific programs, tools and actions our region can take to enhance, build and sustain a competitive workforce.”
The report’s recommendations range from short-term efforts expanding current programs such as WorkOne’s Jobs for America’s Graduates – a program to increase high school graduation rates, to creating new initiatives targeted at recruitment efforts to fill future in-demand positions.
“With such a wide range of recommendations, we look forward to working with our economic development and community partners to prioritize and determine actionable next steps for our community,” shared Peterson.