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A “Marshall Plan” to Develop and Attract Talent

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

When businesses are considering where to set up shop or expand existing operations, one of the driving influences behind their decision is access to talent.

According to Area Development’s most recent surveys, the availability of skilled labor ranked among the top three site selection factors for corporate executives and consultants. In fact, 98 percent of consultants said access to talent is affecting their clients’ new facility or expansion plans, with the lack of advanced skills, in particular, cited by 92 percent of those surveyed. This talent gap — between the workforce we have and the one employers need — is not just a growing concern for businesses, but also for states and cities across the country. 

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"On behalf of the officers and directors of the Economic Development Alliance, I want to thank you and your staff for the great job NCDS did in helping restructure the Alliance, and for successful management of the fundraising campaign that fully funded our five-year action plan. The NCDS process and format delivered exactly what you said it would do when you met with Alliance members over eighteen months ago. The NCDS process engaged top regional private and public sector leaders and attracted financial support from large and small companies and communities throughout the region."

Brian Ferguson, Chairman & CEO (Retired) • Eastman Chemical Company

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