Brown Presents On Wayne’s Workforce Development November 20, 2019

Nicole Brown, the director of training and development and soft skills for the center, which is a division of Wayne Community College, presented at the 2019 North Carolina ACT Conference held in Winston-Salem last month.

Finding Inspiration in Customer Success Stories November 19, 2019

It’s easy for an executive to get lost in the demanding, broad responsibilities of the work and lose touch with the impact that your products actually have on the ground level, with the customers who use them. I had an experience last week that brought this point to light. Blog post by Suzana Delanghe

Quality workforce helps lures Energizer Battery to Franklin, IN November 19, 2019

Energizer Battery announced plans to bring 440 new jobs to Franklin, Indiana, in Johnson County, a Work Ready Community in Progress.  Dana Monson with the Johnson County Development Corporation, noted the city and county has been working hard to be proactive in community development to attract talent and skill-up existing talent to create a viable workforce.

Hawkins County recognized for workforce development achievements November 18, 2019

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Hawkins County was recognized for its workforce development achievements over the past year at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, along with 48 other participating ACT Work Ready Communities.

BRIEFS: HCPS honored for workforce efforts November 18, 2019

Henry County Public Schools was recognized recently for its workforce development achievements during the past year at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, N.C.

Podcast: Regional Workforce Ecosystem Response to the Opioid Crisis in Northeast Tennessee November 14, 2019

Northeast Tennessee is one of the hot spots in terms of prescription drug abuse, NAS births, and overdose deaths. The region also suffers from an unhealthy workforce, in large part due to addiction. Hear how the First Tennessee Development District took the lead role in bringing partners together to create solutions to deal with this epidemic. Learn how Northeast Tennessee builds a system a support from NAS babies to senior adults. Lottie Ryans and Mark Stephens from the First Tennessee Development District share practical ways to educate, boost awareness, and build solutions the entire community can embrace. Check out our podcast page for the full 30-minute episode.

Three Workforce Development Trends from the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit November 13, 2019

It might take a village to raise a child, but it certainly takes a whole community to boost an economy. Educators, business and industry leaders, workforce and economic development professionals, government officials, workers, job seekers—we all have a stake in the regional and national economy, and we all affect its success or failure. The 400-strong crowd of attendees at this year’s ACT Workforce Summit, held in late October, know this fact better than most. ACT has specialized in bringing groups like this together for decades, offering them measurement, growth, and reporting tools to help them speak a common language based on the work-ready skills needed for regional economies to prosper. We were very proud to host this year’s event in Charlotte, North Carolina—our first-ever summit held in a participating ACT Work Ready Community. 

Help Wanted: Too Many Jobs and Not Enough Workers in Most States November 12, 2019

As Work Ready Community leaders strive to close skill gaps and encourage prosperity, more news on the skill gaps out this month makes the mission even more relevant.  A labor shortage is jeopardizing economic expansion in almost every state, putting pressure on lawmakers to find ways to attract more residents and coax people who have dropped out of the workforce to rejoin it

Hawkins County recognized at ACT Workforce Summit November 12, 2019

Hawkins County was recognized for its workforce development achievements over the past year at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 29, along with 48 other participating ACT Work Ready Communities.

Local WV Chamber examines workforce issues November 11, 2019

A special Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Wednesday featured multiple speakers concerning the workforce in West Virginia. The session covered current opportunities with Work Ready Communities, ways to assist employers, and the Summer Highlands Internship Program, among others. 

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