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Workforce Development for Economic Developers Part 3: Measuring Skilled Worker Shortages To measure Skilled Worker Shortages by occupation, we need to determine the demand for workers and the potential supply of new workers. To determine demand, you need a projection of the growth in the number of workers over the next five to ten years….

Workforce Development for Economic Developers Part 2: Skill Gaps and Skilled Worker Shortages In 2013 there were numerous reports and articles on Skill Gaps and Skilled Worker Shortages in the U.S. Many of the reports and articles state employers today are having difficulty finding workers with the skills the job requires and in the future…

Workforce Development for Economic Developers Part 1: Differences between Workforce Development and Economic Development Workforce Development is a growing area of interest by economic developers because businesses are reporting a shortage of skilled workers. Smart Solutions Group will be authoring a series of blogs on this topic to show how economic developers can provide the…

Day 140:  What are the key steps to selling?  If you have read my earlier posts you know we want you to look at your community as a product.  As a product, selling your community is really not any different that selling software.  But, I will grant you it can be a little harder.  The…

Day 139:  Can I prospect on my own?  Sure you can.  But it does take time.  There are firms out there that can provide full service recruiting.  I know of some, but don’t want to leave anyone out, so will not list them.  These firms will find your targets; contact the businesses;  attend the trade…

Day 138:  How do I prospect for companies?  Everything you read is that prospecting is passé in the economic development world.  It is a tough business and takes a lot of resources.  But there is a relatively simple formula:  Identify the skills of your labor force; research the wages; then look at the wages of…

Day 137:  How do I create an app?  To my knowledge, no one has created software that helps you create apps.  But I would guess there may be something out there.  But I do know they are a little more complex than creating a website.   So, the first thing you will need to do is…

Day 136:  Should our community have an app?  Well since we create apps, the answer is yes!  Seriously, an app is not for everyone.  We have two off the shelf apps that you can check out at www.edisplayapp.com and www.edashboardapp.com .  Today, I will focus on the EDisplay app.  This app is designed to show…

Day 135:  What are the keys to a good marketing plan?  I am not trying to be cute, but the answer may not be what you expect….  Execution is the key to a good marketing plan.  Most of our clients are in Greater America (rural) so they are many times a one or two person…

Day 134:  What am I thankful for?  As I write this post tomorrow will be Thanksgiving.  So, I felt obligated to let the world know what I am thankful for.  First, I am thankful for my wife of 28 years.  We have been through things that I hope most never have to endure.  I am…

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