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.