Four veterans of the economic development and workforce development fields have joined Emsi as new members of a team dedicated to serving EDOs and workforce boards.
The new additions are Alivia Metts, who previously worked as a regional economist at the Idaho Department of Labor; Jason George, formerly of the Eastern Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board; Jennifer Hackman, who has worked for economic development organizations in Ohio, Arizona, and Illinois; and Connie Sharp, who has two decades of workforce and higher education experience.
“We couldn’t be more excited to expand our EDO-WDB team,” said John Pernsteiner, VP of Economic & Workforce Development at Emsi. “These new team members bring years of experience working at the local, regional, and state level to help jobseekers and strengthen local economies—which fits perfectly with our mission.”
Metts joins Emsi as an economist. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she worked for six years at the Idaho Department of Labor, representing the state’s five northernmost counties. As a regional economist at the state DOL, she performed economic analysis across all industries for businesses, governments, and economic development agencies. She then ran The Metts Group, a consultancy that provided services to businesses, developers, and government agencies.
Hackman is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Community Planning (MCP) program, with a focus on economic development. She most recently worked at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce in suburban Chicago. Before that, she worked at the City of Evanston (Ill.) and City of Tucson (Ariz.) as an economic development specialist. She began her economic development career in Cincinnati more than a decade ago. She’ll be a representative to EDOs in the Midwest.
George, a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was business services coordinator at the Eastern Oklahoma WIB for nine years. He is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) and is well-versed in using labor market information to assist employers and understand their needs. He joins Emsi’s workforce development team and will serve as representative to workforce agencies in the South and East.
Sharp also comes to Emsi after working at Eastern Oklahoma WIB, where she served as program operations manager and program coordinator for 14 years. Before that, she was a student services coordinator at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She’s a Certified Workforce Development Professional and will support Emsi’s workforce development clients across the U.S.
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