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Workforce: Best Practices

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Scott Rogers of the Eau Claire Area Chamber shares his insights into the workforce issue and the best ways for your chamber to embrace and solve the issue.

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Workforce: Best Practices

  1. 1. Moderator: Scott Rogers Governmental Affairs & Workforce Director Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Eau Claire, Wis.
  2. 2. • Your name and role • Your organization • Why you’re here today
  3. 3. “Rip off and duplicate”
  4. 4. Catalyst for business growth Convener of leaders & influencers Champion for a strong community  Source: Dave Kilby, Western Association of Chamber Executives
  5. 5. • What organization in your community represents the largest group of employers? • Make a decision to devote attention and resources to the issue • Provide guidance and accountability with your strategic plan • Your members and investors will see the value and will support it with their time and money
  6. 6. Catalyst for business growth Convener of leaders & influencers Champion for a strong community  Source: Dave Kilby, Western Association of Chamber Executives
  7. 7. Provide guidance and accountability with your strategic plan
  8. 8. Goal: To be a champion for employers in the Chippewa Valley as they work to solve their immediate and long term talent and workforce challenges. Implement the Employers Workforce Initiative:  Approach workforce as a critical supply chain issue. Identify area workforce-related activities among education, government, non-profits, business and industry groups, and the private sector and assess their value as part of the talent pipeline.  Serve as a clearinghouse for Chamber members on workforce-related information and programs, helping point them to resources that address their specific challenges.  Communicate regularly with Chamber members to identify the most critical issues specific to our region and its employers, and promote opportunities for direct action by those Chamber members.  Participate and collaborate with other entities where the Chamber’s knowledge and resources can provide value to achieving important goals.  Maximize our area’s unique assets and value in attracting and retaining talent.  Identify gaps and overlap in area workforce efforts and advocate for changes or action as needed.  Serve as a catalyst to help assure cooperation, collaboration, communication, timeliness and accountability across regional workforce efforts. Convene leaders as needed to tackle specific opportunities and challenges. Support local, regional and state workforce initiatives that have a direct impact employers.
  9. 9. • Identify the issues most important to your community • Inventory local efforts and resources • Take advantage of national, state, local resources for approaches • Collaborate to prioritize the most important, then take action
  10. 10. workforce@uschamber.com
  11. 11. Recommendations 1. Attract and Retain Talent 2. Upskill Existing Workers 3. Improve Career Pathways 4. Promote Apprenticeships, Youth Apprenticeships, Internships and Other Work- Based Learning for Students 5. Promote Career Awareness 6. Reach Disconnected Groups Economic Leadership LLC
  12. 12. 1. People, and organizations collaborate when it is in their interest to do so. 2. Where you stand always depends on where you sit. 3. Collaboration is easier in times of plenty and hard in times of scarcity. 4. When crisis > complacency = cooperation. 5. People collaborate when there is a chance of success. 6. People collaborate when they have something specific to do. 7. Collaborations work better with measurable goals. 8. Patience is a virtue for successful collaboration.
  13. 13.  Housing  Transportation  Immigration  Meth/Opioid abuse  Public Policy
  14. 14. Catalyst for business growth Convener of leaders & influencers Champion for a strong community  Source: Dave Kilby, Western Association of Chamber Executives
  15. 15. How to Become a 3C Chamber – Podcast by Dave Kilby, WACE https://w-a-c-e-s-chamber-leadership-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/how-to-become-a-3c-chamber-abbc739e ACCE Horizons 2025 https://secure.acce.org/main/horizon-initiative-chambers-2025/ US Chamber Talent Pipeline Management https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management Minnesota Chamber of Commerce – Center for WorkforceSolutions https://www.mnchamber.com/grow/center-workforce-solutions Future Wisconsin Summit – Wisconsin Manufacturers and CommerceFoundation TedAbernathy presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZiCDUWGuBE Wisconsin Workforce Competitiveness Report https://www.wmc.org/wp-content/uploads/Future-WI-Report_FINAL.pdf Winona Chamber – Hot Jobs Cool Companies https://www.hotjobscoolcompanies.com/ UWIN – University of Wisconsin Internship Network http://www.momentumwest.org/workforce/uwin https://www.thinkeauclaire.com/ Rochester Chamber Hubsource https://hubsource.mn/ US Chamber Business Leads Fellowship Program https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/Fellowship-Program
  16. 16. Scott Rogers Governmental Affairs & Workforce Director Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce rogers@eauclairechamber.org 715-858-0616

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