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Regional organizations continue to enhance workforce initiatives

by Mary Rooney | Jul 10, 2018

With a tightening labor force, a widening interest gap around manufacturing and the trades, as well as record low unemployment rates nationwide, workforce development continues to be a top priority. In KC, we have seen many organizations implement best-in-class programs and initiatives.  

Recently, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the Department of Higher Education, Missouri Development Finance Board and the Hawthorn Foundation announced they are partnering to help transform Missouri into a top state for economic and workforce development.

These organizations will collaborate on two initiatives: the Best in Midwest economic development strategic planning and the Talent for Tomorrow project to help reset Missouri’s approach to meeting the state’s workforce needs. The partnership will be guided by a task force of thought leaders from business and industry, education, trade, the public workforce system, state and federal government, and the legislature.

In the Kansas City area, there are many organizations finding new and innovative ways to fill the skills gap. This includes onsite training centers, modern apprenticeship programs, engagement and training at the high school level and other advanced training programs.

Read more about of the ongoing workforce development efforts in the Kansas City region.

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