State, Federal Funds to Drive Regional Workforce Study

Aligning workforce resources with the long-range needs of employers is a key component of the Southeast’s vision for regional economic advancement. For that to happen, however, regional economic and workforce development leaders must first have accurate, relevant data about the region’s laborforce. That is why the Southeast Commission has obtained $160,000 in federal, state and internal funds to perform a comprehensive assessment of the region’s workers.

“Workforce is the key to success for companies considering this region,” explains Steve Yost, director of the Southeast Commission, which will facilitate the project and assist a qualified consultant in assembling the appropriate stakeholders and partners. Included in the effort will be representatives of the region’s five Workforce Investment Boards, nine community college campuses, three public universities and the state Department of Public Instruction’s Career & Technical Education program