Presentation on theme: " Well-coordinated economic development system Workforce development system partners are well connected with each other OPPORTUNITY Expand coordination."— Presentation transcript:
Well-coordinated economic development system Workforce development system partners are well connected with each other OPPORTUNITY Expand coordination between the two systems
Workforce Development - WorkForce Central, Pierce County Workforce Investment Board Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County - Private nonprofit, public-private partnership City of Lakewood Economic Development Department – Second largest city in Pierce County
The WFC Business Connection Team ◦ Provides solutions to businesses, delivers services to meet their needs ◦ Greatest Value and Key to ongoing success Understand both systems, both worlds!
Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) ◦ Refers companies to Business Connection ◦ Member of WorkForce Central advisory council ◦ Houses one part-time Business Connection (BC) Team member BC staff is part of the EDB team BC staff actively participates with EDB on business recruitment and retention efforts City of Lakewood Economic Development Department ◦ Utilize WorkForce Central as the first and single point of contact for workforce development information and services ◦ Dedicated team to recruit and retain businesses
Coffee roasting and distribution EDB’s Role: Resources and incentives WorkForce Central’s Role : Talent match Outcomes ◦ 200,000 sq.ft. leased facility ◦ $300,000 initial investment ◦ 136 new jobs with benefits as of October 2010 - increased to 300+ jobs by Fall 2011 ◦ 1,505 applications screened; 301 candidates referred ◦ Over $300,000 saved by company
Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) 2005 mandate: 26 bases to become 12 joint bases Merger of McChord AFB and Fort Lewis – planning began in 2006 Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) completed in 2010 ◦ 4% of state GDP in 2009; $7.9 billion direct spending ◦ 40,000 people have arrived since 2003 and by 2016 estimated 136,000 military connected population will locate at JBLM City of Lakewood Economic Development’s Role: ◦ Advocate for JBLM partnership with local community WorkForce Central’s Role: ◦ Led Department of Labor funding pursuit Outcomes ◦ $4.8 million awarded
Supplier to the aircraft and aerospace industry Economic Development Board’s Role – Link company to resources WorkForce Central’s Role – Provide customized solutions Outcomes: ◦ 38 hires over the past five years ◦ Decrease interview to hire ratio from 10:1 to 4:1 ◦ Increased productivity and profit ◦ Over $400,000 saved by company
Foundation for success: ◦ Focus on business needs and customized solutions ◦ Single point of contact in the economic and workforce development systems ◦ Reliable, predictable and quality service delivery ◦ Shared common goal Partners gain deeper understanding of each other’s strengths, resources, and services Leverage resources to grow jobs and employment opportunities Partnering increases our overall competitiveness!!!
Economic development and workforce development systems coordinate service delivery Specific contact and clear path ◦ Serve businesses ◦ Serve job seekers Partner with each other to pursue ongoing opportunities
Design and implement a cross training program for economic and workforce development professionals to better understand each other’s systems and services Develop a unified message about economic and workforce development services available to the business community ◦ Lead generation for each others’ services; eyes and ears Implement a joint outreach/marketing strategy to increase job creation Joint pursuits of new funding/opportunities
Linda Nguyen firstname.lastname@example.org 253-591-5810 Susan Suess email@example.com 253-383-4726 Ellie Chambers-Grady firstname.lastname@example.org 253-589-2489 x7834