Another huzzah to the speakers who presented at the EMSI Conference last week! Were you unable to attend? Wish you could have caught all the breakout sessions? Want to see your favorite slides again? Explore the PowerPoints and slide decks below! Full video coverage coming soon. (And you can also read the speakers’ biographies.)
“A Race for Top Talent and 21st Century Skills“ — Special Guest Ron Painter: CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards
The rhetoric in the United States continues to consist of a stream of how businesses can’t find skills and how the U.S. is competing in a global race to develop and deploy skills and talent; but are we really acting with a sense of urgency around these issues? In his remarks, Ron Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards, talks about the big policy questions impacting workforce and economic development. He highlights data that sheds light on these issues and offers some thoughts on whether or not we are really ready to compete in the global talent war.
“Strengthening the Talent Pipeline” — Karen Beard: Senior Consultant, TIP Strategies
The ability to find and retain a skilled workforce remains a top concern for businesses nationwide. Yet aligning the talent pipeline with the needs of local employers in the first place is also a challenge. This challenge is further complicated by a range of economic and demographic factors, including an aging workforce, an education system focused on four-year degrees, the increasing use of automation, and labor market distortions caused by the energy sector. In this workshop, Karen Beard presents examples from recent projects to illustrate how data analysis can help engage the business community and strengthen the talent pipeline.
“Measuring the Regional Skills Gap” — Lomax Campbell: Assistant to the Vice President, Economic Development & Innovative Workforce Services, Monroe Community College
Monroe Community College (MCC), in partnership with the Rochester Business Journal and the Center for Governmental Research, developed a regional skill gap assessment to survey both incumbent worker needs and persistently unfilled positions across more than 3,000 local businesses. Utilizing a process that incorporated data from EMSI Analyst, Career Coach, and their recently developed skills gap assessment, MCC has developed a dashboard template to measure the skills mismatch within key in-demand occupational clusters in the nine-county Finger Lakes region. In this presentation, Mr. Lomax illustrates this template process, how MCC developed an assessment instrument and selected partners, and — most importantly — how this process has directed investment at MCC in developing new educational programs aligned to producing more middle-skills workers for their local economy.
“Data-Driven Decision-Making for Economic Developers” — Brenda Hicks-Sorensen: VP of Economic & Community Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Prior to joining Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Ms. Hicks-Sorensen worked for the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. In this presentation, she shares how FCEDC utilized EMSI during a significant retention effort related to Mercury Marine. She also discusses how the State of Wisconsin utilizes EMSI in partnership with the economic development extended enterprise.
“Gaming Technology Engine of Innovative Virtual Career Center” — Dr. Bruce Leslie: Chancellor, The Alamo Colleges
Built on a state-of-the-art gaming system, myAlamoCareer.org — a partnership between the Alamo Colleges and Workforce Solutions Alamo (Texas Workforce Commission office) — extends Career Coach and other career development tools beyond the bricks and mortar of the Alamo Colleges into a twelve-county region. Innovative collaborations connect local job market and educational opportunities in a virtual online environment that can be accessed from any computer and mobile device.
“Salary Data & Contract Pricing Methods” — Michael Maguire: Senior Pricing Manager, Armed Forces Services Corporation
“Workforce Planning” — Matt Metzelaars: Manager of Talent Acquisition Operations, Bridgestone Americas
“Visualizing Our Future Workforce Challenges” — Ed Morrison: Regional Economic Development Advisor, Purdue Center for Regional Development
“Oklahoma’s Ecosystems: Accelerating the Growth of the State’s Economic Prosperity” — Deidre Myers: Director of Policy, Research, and Economic Development, Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Using Analyst as the driving research tool, Oklahoma Department of Commerce developed a comprehensive economic development strategy for Governor Mary Fallin’s administration. Commerce took a systems approach to the nuanced and sophisticated 21st-century economy, and identified the drivers of the state’s economy using 72 quantitative variables in the spheres of wealth generation, growth potential, and competitive advantage. The state’s economic systems, or Ecosystems, are used to prioritize resources, align policies, maximize outcomes, and demonstrate accountability in the five major economic development areas: business development, workforce, incentives, regulation, and infrastructure investment.
“Environmental Scan & Asset Mapping” — Nick Schultz, Executive Director, Alameda County Workforce Investment Board
Mr. Schultz presented the results of a project that used referential data from EMSI and other sources to provide an environmental scan and asset-mapping project for Alameda County’s broader workforce development system. This research has helped shaped the partners’ understanding of opportunities to create new service delivery structures throughout the county, drive organic alignment between publicly and privately funded service providers in each of the county’s sub-regions, and position the Alameda County WIB and Oakland WIB to achieve the strategic planning portion of the “high-performing board” criteria outlined in SB 698 and the State strategic plan.
“Drilling Down from Industry Clusters to Career Pathways and Compatible Skills Analysis (Using the Analyst Tool, Of Course)” — Scott Sheely: Executive Director, Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board
In this workshop, Scott Sheely, one of the pioneers of Industry Cluster research and an early user of EMSI tools, shares ways to use EMSI data to look at occupational and skills information which derives from industry analysis. He also speaks to the ways that the data can be used to inform curriculum planning and to provide workforce and other career development staff with information for use in career counseling.
“Real-World Data; Real-World Solutions” — Courtney Taylor: Assistant (Interim) Director, Troy University
In our fast-paced, data-driven world, the ability to quickly decipher a project’s needs and provide data to support those needs can be the difference between real action and just another day at the office. This presentation highlights how the Troy University Center for International Business and Economic Development (CIBED) uses Analyst to support both internal and external community and economic development efforts with data-based decisions, giving data runs in community analyses and economic impact projects.
“Education Supply & Employer Demand: Meeting the Needs of the Manufacturer” — Christina Whitfield: Director of Research & Policy Analysis, KCTCS; and Alicia Crouch: Director of Research & Data Analysis, KCTCS
Economic development efforts underway in Kentucky aim to increase the number of advanced manufacturing jobs available in the Commonwealth. Dr. Whitfield and Ms. Crouch of Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) discuss how they used EMSI to determine if community colleges are producing adequate numbers of graduates—with the right mix of skills—to satisfy employer demand.
“The ‘Moneyball’ Approach” — Mary Wright: Program Director, Jobs for the Future
Community colleges play a significant role in providing adults with the credentials they need to find employment. But one of the biggest challenges for community colleges is identifying exactly what jobs are available and what skills and credentials are in demand by employers. Real-time labor market data can give colleges the information they need in order to provide better training programs/curriculum and counseling services so as to better align employment supply and demand. In this presentation, Ms. Wright explains both the value of the dataset and the suite of services Jobs for the Future has created for community colleges.
“Utilizing EMSI to Promote Economic Development in Your State or Region” — Jennifer Zeller: Director of Research in Economic Development, Georgia Power
The tools needed to respond to site consultant needs are becoming more sophisticated by the day. As information from the census and other sources are released on a block-group scale, we are able to combine EMSI tools with other sources of labor data to show occupational and educational concentration to tell a complete story for a community, region, or state. With these tools, companies are making better data-driven decisions in locating close to the optimal talent base. Learn how Georgia Power Community & Economic Development is utilizing EMSI and other tools to assist communities in understanding and building strategies for their communities as well as bringing business to the state.
The third annual EMSI Conference took place October 14-16, 2013, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For a full schedule of the conference’s events, click here. Have questions about next year’s event? Feel free to contact us.