Date: December 20, 2017


The 21st century workplace is evolving at an unprecedented rate. Advancements in technology such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and additive manufacturing are changing the skills and tasks individuals employ at work. To build a talent pipeline that can adapt to these changes, Ohio’s communities must create advanced workforce strategies to meet regional demands.

Throughout Ohio, good things are happening in workforce development – just not consistently or systemically. For that reason, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a model for creating a proven, systematic, regional workforce development strategy. We interviewed representatives of eight regional workforce collaborations reflecting a diverse mix of communities, partnership drivers, workforce challenges, and regions of the state.

The result, Regional Workforce Collaborations: Guidelines for Action, is a document comprised of a range of insights, examples, and learnings from the eight featured partnerships, which will be useful to communities setting out to start their own regional workforce collaborations.

As business leaders, you know that a healthy economy and job market lead to healthy communities, which lead to healthy businesses and healthy families. That is the social imperative for building effective regional workforce collaborations. We encourage business leaders to step up and facilitate partnerships with local schools, education and training providers, workforce professionals, and other community leaders to build a talent pipeline for jobs of the future.

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