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Seven County Forum Shares Workforce Development Ideas

PIQUA – The biggest complaint about the employment picture these days is no longer a lack of jobs, it’s a lack of employees qualified to fill those jobs. The West Central Ohio Development Coalition (WCODC) invited business, education, government and economic development professionals to a forum Thursday morning to address that very subject.

From the 3-18-16 edition of The Daily Advocate

By Rachel Lloyd, Reporter

PIQUA – The biggest complaint about the employment picture these days is no longer a lack of jobs, it’s a lack of employees qualified to fill those jobs. The West Central Ohio Development Coalition (WCODC) invited business, education, government and economic development professionals to a forum Thursday morning to address that very subject.

Winning the Workforce War was presented as a summit to help employers and communities of western Ohio build and/or attract a reliable, qualified workforce to build the future of the region.

The WCODC is an economic development collaboration among Darke, Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Mercer, Miami and Shelby counties.

At the summit, Jared Ebbing, director of Mercer County Economic Development, offered a presentation on the HometownOpportunity.com website. The website started in Mercer County, but it now functions as a collaborative project among Mercer, Auglaize and Darke counties.

The website is entirely public funded, with each county contributing $25,000 a year for its operation. This enables the site to kept free for use by businesses, students and job seekers.

The site is more than a job posting site. It exists as a means of connecting employers to potential employees more easily, and the site targets those potential employees from the time they are still in high school.....

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