What is your advice for the next generation of city change makers?
The biggest piece of advice I can offer to the next generation of city change makers is to get involved! Community leaders are eager to form relationships with next generation leaders, to share the community’s history, to mentor, and to provide guidance. On the other hand, community leaders need to be open-minded about the approach young leaders take. Here, we have a history of a strong, nine-month community leadership training program. It’s a great program, but I sense we need to update our model. Next generation leaders might prefer to hold a hackathon to solve a problem in a weekend. They may see a solution that involves new technology. We need to move over and make room for new ways of tackling issues.
Creating a Collaborative Regional System of Lifelong Learning by Aligning Educational & Training Offerings with Economic Opportunity
by Stephanie Weber, Marketing & Outreach Director, Ec015 //
Southeast Indiana Regional Demographics
Population growth rate is relatively flat and will be in the future
Nearly one in three people work in advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing is the top employment sector in seven of the ten counties
Average wages for advanced manufacturing jobs in Southeast Indiana is $44,000, which is 25% higher than the next largest employment sector
Healthcare represents 10% of the workforce
For this very rural region in Southeast Indiana, focusing on talent and educational initiatives has proven to be the most effective way of insuring that a higher percentage of our population will be successful in achieving postsecondary attainment and increases the base of highly skilled workers Southeast Indiana has to offer to employers.