Goal 2. 21st Century Workforce


Develop our regional workforce to be competitive in the digital economy and other emerging industries


  1. Strengthen employer-led training and education efforts to provide clear paths to jobs including reciprocal relationships with national/global employers that employ a remote workforce

  2. Leverage public-private partnerships to create short and long-term training programs supporting industries primed for growth such as: Telecommunications (specifically fiber), Healthcare, Energy, Machinists, and the Digital Economy

  3. Invest in programs across the K-16 education continuum that increase access to training and career pathways related to STEAM skills, digital economy skill sets, agribusiness and other emerging technologies

  4. Develop modern co-working facilities that can also serve as business innovation hubs

  5. Improve access to employment training/retraining programs for low-wage/unemployed individuals