Will County (Ill.) Workforce Investment Board
EMSI’s analysis tool, Strategic Advantage, helps Pat Fera maximize her time and resources. As a workforce investment board (WIB) manager, Fera receives data requests from area employers who are looking for workforce and wage information. Fera says, “SA’s value is both internal and external. Internally, we use the data to get a heads up of changes in the economy and to plan accordingly. Externally, we value the flexibility of the data for business services and business recruitment.” Recently, Fera was able to use EMSI to support business recruitment. She used wage information from SA to show the prospective employer that contrary to their concerns, Will County’s wage scale is competitive with the surrounding regions. From this very specific analysis to an economic overview of the entire region, Strategic Advantage is a key component to this workforce investment board’s success.