The EMSI Leadership Conference is right around the corner and we have a mere handful of seats still open! Come to Coeur d’Alene (near the tip of Idaho) October 20-22 to hear from some of EMSI’s most successful clients, get up to speed on exciting EMSI updates, and discover what 2015 looks like for us as we continue changing the world with data—and helping you change it, too.
KEYNOTE: Changing the World with Data — Andrew Crapuchettes (CEO, EMSI)
Say “big data” and you’ve hit the mantra of the past five years. Everyone knows that data is important and that they really, really need it. Lots of people have even gone out and gotten it. The challenge now? Knowing what to do with it. The truth is that big data doesn’t solve anything on its own. It needs to be turned into information that is ready for action, information that you can understand and put to work—because, as it turns out, the skills gap is more of a knowledge gap than anything else. In this presentation, Andrew Crapuchettes will talk about EMSI’s success in 2014 and our plans for 2015 as we continue transforming big data into ready data—and helping you use it to change the world.
BREAKOUT: Putting Big Data to Work: Measuring the Middle Skills Economy to Drive Programming — Todd Oldham (Vice President, Economic Development & Innovative Workforce Services, Monroe Community College) & Lomax Campbell (Assistant to Vice President, Economic Development & Innovative Workforce Services, Monroe Community College)
Recognizing the growing importance of using relevant labor market data to drive program development, Monroe Community College has launched several ambitious initiatives to both identify and address middle-skills gaps within the Greater Rochester economy. In this presentation, you will learn how MCC has created a dashboard template to measure regional completions against annual demand for over 20 locally defined middle-skills occupational groups and how this process has resulted in the creation of new accelerated degree and training programs to address these gaps. Also discussed will be MCC’s generation of labor market information through frequent surveys of local industry around persistently unfilled positions, and their use both real-time and big data as well as program-based economic impact analysis in support of stronger grant narrative. Ultimately, Mr. Oldham and Mr. Campbell will demonstrate how these initiatives can be pulled together to complement an institution’s overall economic and workforce development strategy in successfully securing additional funding and program support from the regional, state, and federal level, using a big-data approach.
BREAKOUT: Thinking Both Inside and Outside the Box: The Art and Science of Economic Impact Analysis — Bob Potts (Research Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development)
Last month, Nevada’s economic development team negotiated one of the biggest manufacturing deals in the country by attracting Tesla Automotive to build their 5,000,000-sq-ft battery manufacturing facility near Reno. The plant, more commonly known as the Gigafactory, is slated to hire 6,500 direct jobs, each paying an average annual wage of $60,000. There was steep competition among other states for the facility—including Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas—with negotiations that lasted almost 11 months. Centerpiece to assessing the deal was a broad-based economic impact analysis including the use of Analyst. Join Nevada’s research director and EMSI’s Dr. Hank Robison and Joshua Wright to learn more about what was involved in the analysis of a project this size (including clustering effects) and the overall art and science of economic impact analysis.