Jobs of the Future - NEDA Conference Sept 9, 2013


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Building a Resilient Workforce – Attracting, Retaining and Preparing Workers for Jobs That Have Not Yet Been Created – Karen Pollard, EDP, CEcD, Deputy City Manager/Director of Community Development, Rochester NH. (Presented at the Northeast Economic Developers Association conference in Portland Maine September 2013)

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Jobs of the Future - NEDA Conference Sept 9, 2013

  1. 1. Tomorrow’s Workforce: Preparing Workers for Jobs Not Yet Created Presented by Karen Pollard, EDP, CEcD NEDA Annual Conference 2013 Building Resilient Communities
  2. 2. Building Resilient Communities • Resilient Practitioners – – • Resilient Companies – • If predicting the future workforce needs is so necessary, why isn’t someone else doing it? Resilient Communities – Introduction You are the External Business Partner What is the Economic Developer role when it comes to workforce development? How can you uncover the future workforce needs in your communities?
  3. 3. History of Economic Development – – – – – Smokestack Chasing Whales, Gazelles, Gardening Resources Based Development Real Estate Development Knowledge Based Development – Rise of Universities, incubators Future: Talent Based Development – – – Identify your talent strengths & weaknesses Takes the cluster concept and enhances it with people and skills Value Added Resilient Practitioners
  4. 4. Recession Became the Ultimate Test • Top Company Attractors – • Available Talent, Taxes, Cost of Doing Business, Regulations Top Talent Attractors – Employment, Education, Health Care, Culture/Recreation Strong Correlation between companies that fared well during recession had R&D facilities and adapted to the changing environment. Phase 2 Medical Major Differentiator Forward Looking vs. Backward Looking Resilient Companies
  5. 5. Case Study – Safran Partner – Albany International (BR&E) 1. Workforce: est. 500 skilled & semiskilled, Payroll $50 Million Annually 2. Incentives: training funds & customized program, site preparation, TIF district 3. Location: 55 acres with option on another 50 acres, 345 ft2 facility 4. Responsiveness: 24-7, personal relationships, 2 year selection process, 2 year construction Case Study: Safran Safran LEAP Engine Facility Rendering 2010 65s&lang=en
  6. 6. Who’se Your Data? – • Does the Best Data Win? Comparisons Between Regions – Your Unique Labor Market Workforce Identifiers Quantitative Qualitative Unemployment X - - Recent Layoffs NAICS by Codes X X Education X X - %/# of Degrees X X - STEM Degrees X X • Workforce Study - Technical School Degrees X X • Primary Data Study ELMI – state, county , regions X - • BR&E visits - Employment by Industry X X - Underutilization X - -- Industry Projections X - – • What questions matter? Follow the Herd, or Lead with your Strengths? Workforce Identifiers
  7. 7. • Relationships 24-7 – – – – • High Level of Complexity International/Global Culture Uncharted Territory Had to be Win-Win-Win Private Sector (Safran) Long Term Investment 20+ years – – – – – Leadership Staff Time Facilities Funding Sustainability Case Study: Safran Education (Great Bay CC) Public Sector (Rochester & NH)
  8. 8. • Create a Customized Program in a new Center of Excellence No pre-existing composites program in the US – Other industry programs disconnected from a career path – • Partnerships – Put Up or Shut Up – – – – – City: Location, Local Approvals, Promotion College: Create Programs, Acquire Capital Investment, Implement Training Center Strategy, Develop the Career Path Company: Partial Funding, Curriculum, Equipment, Professorial Commitments State: Funding, Legislative Action, Public Support of Budget Federal: Grant funding, Public Support & involvement Case Study: Safran VP Biden praises the program as a “Model partnership to bridge the gap between the skills people have and the skills employers need to grow the American economy.” January 26, 2012
  9. 9. Pre-K-12 Technology HS *New Programs ATAC Community College Work Ready Program AS Composite Manufacturing NOW AVAILABLE IN ROCHESTER, NH Career Path Development BS Manufacturing *Coming Soon
  10. 10. • Community Colleges – – – – Advisory Boards Customized Industry Training Nimble for non-credit, eager to achieve credit status Able to connect steps in a career path • Advanced Technology and Academic Center, Rochester NH • 3NoS6QwRUQ&feature=share&list=U U0DgEaQHIG0Ky5t8lbEIvSg Case Study: Safran
  11. 11. • Wildcards – – • How does this impact your role and the role of Economic Development in the future? – – – Resilient Communities Companies, Regions and People are Different Much is out of your control How do you prepare your community for change? How do you present and talk about the future? Are you the fulcrum upon which development balances?
  12. 12. • Now it’s your turn – – • Video of Vala Ashfar, Enterasys in Salem NH v=EvT_reLOd-Y You have a meeting with the Site Selector for Enterasys in 3 days. – – – Their critical need is talent Real estate, infrastructure, incentives are assumed equal for this exercise Prove you have the necessary talent to Enterasys Resilient Practitioners
  13. 13. Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative. H. G. Wells Karen Pollard, EDP, CEcD Deputy City Manager/Director of Community Development City of Rochester, NH