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Workforce Headlines

ACCE Webmaster on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:24:00 pm

Workforce is a major issue for every community and chambers leaders exhaust countless time and effort addressing the need for talent.  Here are some workforce related headlines that may interest you:

  • Long known as one of our nation's most-skilled workforce hub, Boston is concerned about the region's workforce talent base. The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce released a report last month that finds demand for skilled workers exceeds supply. The report outlines five recommendations, including internships and H1-B Visa reform, to help address the talent shortage.  Click HERE for more information on their policy proposals to address workforce concerns.
  • Every community wants to keep young talent, but the Mercer (NJ) Regional Chamber of Commerce is going straight to the source.  They have partnered with campus groups to support the Collegiate Chamber of Commerce on campus at Rider University. Rider finance major Matt Cardia, a founding member of the Collegiate Chamber, says, "We want to build a network, like a link, between us current students and the business people in the greater community of Mercer County."  Click HERE for more information.
  • Communities are not alone in their talent search, the entire energy industry is building a pipeline of future talent.  And they are starting early.  An October Financial Times article highlights oil company efforts to bring math and science programs to children's museums and local schools across the country.  Not only do they hope to groom the next generation of American engineers, they hope to sway student's opinions about pursuing a career with an energy company.  Click HERE for the full story.
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