Mapping the Talent Pipeline Across Northeast Indiana
21st Century Talent Region Workshops Aim to Strengthen Regional Talent Development Work
Northeast Indiana is proud to be the first in the state designated a 21st Century Talent Region by the State of Indiana!
The designation recognizes the self-defined region as a place committed to using a systems approach to attract, develop, and connect Hoosier talent. Regional collaboration has the transformative power to achieve what individual communities struggle to achieve on their own. That said, while our regional talent dashboard and stakeholder map were a good place to start, we know that really interesting, important work is being done in each county at the local level, and we want to assist each county in mapping out their county’s talent dashboards and stakeholder maps that will ultimately lead to a stronger regional initiative overall.
Our team has been working hard to bring together leaders in the 11-county region to identify strategic priorities and projects aimed at helping our community create a better quality of place, develop and skill up our workforce, and connect talented Hoosiers with businesses seeking to fill high-demand, and very often, high-wage jobs. All of this work ties directly to the region’s efforts to increase educational attainment, raise household income, and grow the population.
Through workshops in each of Northeast Indiana’s 11 counties, community leaders work together to create a talent dashboard for their county that identifies the current state of talent attraction and development efforts, as well as projected high demand certifications and well-paying employment opportunities. Once identified, connection strategies and shared measures will be implemented that coordinate and align with the talent system both at a local and a regional level.
So far this year, we've facilitated two workshops, one in Kosciusko County and one in Wabash County. With three more scheduled in early 2020, we are working with the rest of our counties to facilitate these workshops before the end of June.
If you would like to work on this project in your county, reach out to Director of Talent Initiatives Sonya Snellenberger-Holm to learn more about how to get involved.
- By Director of Talent Initiatives Amy Hesting and Project Manager Sierra Disch