Goal 3: Improve Human Capital

Ensure a plentiful workforce supply by increasing total population; the prime workforce demographic of 25-44 year old citizens; and the labor force participation rate.


Create a talent pipeline focused on regional career readiness and career pathways.

  • Establish a central, accessible website to assist in the personal development of students, job seekers and employees. The resource will communicate the human skills, talents, behaviors and attitudes required by targeted career and job classifications.
  • Develop and deploy a communications campaign for employers, students, parents, job seekers, education and training providers to shift the region’s focus towards a broader understanding of the most in-demand career opportunities and the educational and career pathways required to access these opportunities.
  • Develop a system of career pathways for manufacturing and healthcare sectors in the region, which includes required human skills, talents, behaviors and attitudes, industry recognized credentials and educational training attainment benchmarks.
  • Develop and implement apprenticeship programs that lead to certifications and associate degrees in the region’s most critically needed career pathways.
  • Design a system of analytics that continuously assesses the capacity and effectiveness of the region’s talent supply pipeline to respond to changing trends and meet ongoing market demand.


Continue regional workforce alliance to effectively connect and align private and public sector workforce development initiatives and resources across the region.

  • Identify and share employment needs, trends and talent gaps with workforce development stakeholders and the community at large.
  • Leverage manufacturing and healthcare learning exchanges to identify current and future workforce needs and then align funding and resources to meet those needs.
  • Implement targeted talent development strategies that will decrease under-employment and unemployment with a focus in under-served and under-performing rural and urban communities.


Increase the number of 25-44 year old citizens to meet the increased demand for prime working age employees and entrepreneurs.

  • Collaborate with higher education institutions to develop programs to retain college students after they graduate.
  • Design and implement a talent attraction campaign for mapping and communicating creative economy and livable community assets and events of interest to young professionals.
  • Engage and support young professional groups in the development of projects that are focused on improving the Quality of Place attractiveness of the region for young professionals.