REJournals Article – Regional Education to Workforce Initiatives

REJournals, the Midwest’s leading source for commercial real estate news discusses the region’s education to workforce initiatives with president and CEO Nathan Bryant.

A top concern for most industrial companies is workforce. The facility can be state-of-the-art and in a great location, but if the people aren’t there then the company won’t be either. That’s why municipalities work so hard to make sure housing is affordable and available, that downtowns are vibrant and incentives are provided. But Rockford is going one step further, in making sure educational programs are fully integrated with booming industries.

“Our biggest challenge is labor force which is no different than other markets our size. Except, we own our destiny on workforce. We focus on building highly customized workforce strategies specifically to attract and retain business in our community,” Nathan Bryant, president and CEO of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council said.

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