Springfield Business Development Corporation

Springfield-area economic developers, business owners and community leaders wanted to know: how can we compete against other U.S. regions in growing and attracting top talent? In a keynote presentation to these stakeholders at the Springfield Business Development Corporation (SBDC)’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference, Civic Analytics’ Brian Kelsey provided that vision.

Through compelling national and regional data, Brian illustrated the importance of investing in the right postsecondary education to prepare future workers. He showed clear gaps between workers’ skill levels and employers’ needs. He also revealed opportunities for Springfield — advocating for alignment between economic development organizations, workforce development organizations, and education; and forecasting that talent pipelines built on public-private partnerships will define winning U.S. regions.

The SBDC found the presentation greatly exceeded its expectations, going beyond mere data to show exactly how economic development and workforce development professionals can work together toward common goals.


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I can’t say enough about how well-prepared Brian was, how impactful his data was, and how relevant his comments were. He certainly understands how important workforce development is and can easily paint that picture for community leadership and ED Pros alike. He provided everything we asked and then some, including first-hand comments about our existing talent and workforce efforts and even suggested several best practices our region should consider. For holistically bringing economic development and workforce development together in one talk, I don’t know that there’s a better speaker out there today!

Ryan Mooney
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce