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CIC's Bowers Announces Workforce Attraction Initiative

GREENVILLE — A local business was honored and a new workforce initiative announced during Friday morning’s Darke County Community Improvement Corporation’s (CIC) Economic Forum held at Romer’s Catering in Greenville.

From the 4-29-17 edition of The Daily Advocate

By Erik Martin, Staff Reporter

GREENVILLE — A local business was honored and a new workforce initiative announced during Friday morning’s Darke County Community Improvement Corporation’s (CIC) Economic Forum held at Romer’s Catering in Greenville.

Darke County Economic Development Director Mike Bowers told those assembled that attracting workers will be a priority for the CIC starting in 2017.

“Workforce attraction is going to be our focus, not to say we are going to lose sight of business attraction,” he said.

“We currently have over 300 jobs available in the county, so it’s tough to say how can you work to attract and build a company if we’re not making sure we’re taking care of the folks we’ve already got,” Bowers added, noting that Darke County’s population is projected to decrease over the next 20 to 30 years.

Bowers said, in coordination with West Central Ohio Development Coalition, CIC will be working on an initiative to attract a workforce to the area through a website proposal and social media project.

The idea is to attract workers from outside the region to locate to the county.

“This initiative will focus on promoting our own employees, our economy, and our communities,” he explained. “Our region’s assets are our major employers and our unique quality of life.”

“Target markets are going to be alumni of local high schools, colleges and universities, employees of local companies who have been transferred to other locations, employees being downsized in other Midwest communities, military discharges, and employees with unique skill sets in targeted industries that we have in our county,” Bowers added......

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