Consortium Partners Working Group
Economy and Workforce
This working group is comprised of volunteers from around the region consisting of technical experts, researchers, and interested citizens. Their charge will be to look at the region’s assets and challenges in economy and workforce and develop priorities and implementation strategies. Their work will help answer the following questions for our region:
- How can we improve our region’s ability to maintain and attract diverse, high-quality jobs and a well-trained, prepared workforce?
- How can we improve job opportunity while minimizing public costs?
- How can we improve access between citizens and the job opportunities that are or could be available?
The Economy and Workforce Working Group convened on February 22, 2012 to gather reactions to the draft of an Existing Conditions Memo which provides an overview of regional conditions. Meeting documents are listed below.
*The full version of the Draft Existing Conditions Memo is available for download in the Data Clearinghouse
The Economy and Workforce Working Group convened on June 12, 2012 to assess the impacts of challenges identified in the Livability Report Card and review initial themes and visions collected at the Forum 2 public meetings held in April. Meeting documents are listed below.
The Economy and Workforce Working Group convened on August 21, 2012 to review the draft Regional Vision Statement and to assess benchmarks or indicators that will be used to measure alternative development scenarios in an upcoming round of public input. Meeting documents are listed below.
The Economy and Workforce Working Group met in a joint session with the four other PlanET Working Groups on October 23, 2012. The session included a review of recent project activities and a “chip exercise” in which working group members developed maps of a variety or regional development scenarios. Meeting documents are listed below.
The Economy and Workforce Working Group met on May 8, 2013 to review results from PlanET's third input round, discuss a preferred growth concept and provide guidance on the development of a set of goals and objectives that will be reviewed in the fourth round of public input. Meeting documents are listed below.
The Economy and Workforce Working Group met on June 20, 2013 to review a set of proposed demonstration projects. In small groups, members discussed the projects in finer detail and identified potential implementation strategies.
The Economy and Workforce Working Group met on September 30, 2013 to review key strategic elements that will serve as foundations of Regional Prosperity element of the PlanET goals. Members also discussed ways in which the activities of the group could be sustained in the coming years.
The Economy and Workforce Working Group convened on October 15, 2013 in a joint meeting with the other PlanET Working Groups to preview the PlanET Regional Playbook, learn about the next steps for the project and to commit to strategic activities to improve the prosperity and quality of life of the region's residents.