SALEM, OR –Incite Inc, held its first strategic planning session at the Keizer Civic Center this morning at 7:30 am. Eighty-seven individuals were present for the forum. Representatives from the following businesses, Department of Consumer and Business Relations, The Springs Living, MAK Metals, Tradewinds Transportation and Macy’s presented on a panel to testify on their knowledge and experience with the regional workforce system, voice their concerns and offer potential solutions for the regional Workforce Board’s consideration. The public, including but not limited to, business owners, employers, educational institutions, workforce system staff, job seekers, economic development and community partners were also present to provide input during the breakout sessions.
The following draft strategy and goals for discussion were:
- Partnerships, defined as: forming effective partnerships so that the workforce system is responsive to common business needs.
- Increase engagement with key industry sectors through intentional coordination and information dissemination
- Develop and apply a consultative approaches to business engagement
- Invest resources in identified areas of need in partnerships with local business
Conversations during the breakout groups centered on two topics. One half of the attendees discussed best industry fits for sector partnerships based on statistical data and the employer panel testimony. The second half of the room discussed the industry strategy and goals and what changes would need to take place in order for industry to create better alignment in the workforce system.
The second of three planning meetings will be held at 2:00pm on October 14th, 2015 at the Keizer Civic Center located at 930 Chemawa Rd NE Keizer, Oregon 97303. Meeting dates and times are available at inciteworks.org and will continue to be announced in future press releases.