The partnership — comprised of business, education and government leaders — has started work on plans to address the workforce shortage, which is hindering the economic competitiveness and quality of life in the four-county area.
To fix the problem, its members believe it will take the cooperation and insights from people in all industries, fields and walks of life in North Central Ohio.
On Thursday, the partnership and the economic corporations of Erie County and Norwalk will host a kickoff event for its workforce development initiative at BGSU Firelands. The event is open to the public.
Attendees will learn about the current plans and methods of for the workforce development strategy, but more importantly, they’ll learn how to get involved, said Caroline Melloh, a public relations coordinator working with the partnership to promote the event.
“No full plan will be presented yet as the team is really looking for varied input from the public and private sectors to create the strategy over the next several months,” Melloh said.
To help formulate the strategy the partnership has turned to consultants like Chris Spence, principal of New Growth Group, and Hrishue Mahalaha, chief economic advisor of Innovation Economy Partners.
“The consultants were selected through a competitive bidding process and have national experience in economic and workforce development planning and analysis,” Melloh said. “Project leaders, Mahalaha and Spence, reside in Cleveland, so they both have a particular affinity for seeing Ohio’s north coast find success.”
The Ohio chancellor of higher education, Randy Gardner, and president of Civic Collaboration Consultants, Chris Thompson, will also be at the event. Tandem Media Network will be filming the kickoff and uploading the video to Youtube.
IF YOU GO…
What: The Firelands Workforce Development Initiative to Kickoff Strategic Plan
Where: The Cedar Point Center at BGSU Firelands, 1 University Drive, Huron
When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday