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Minnesota Chamber coalition to address skilled worker shortfall December 6, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Stronger Organizations, Workforce.
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Another great example of Chambers of Commerce working to advance workforce programming to positively affect the economic development environment, this time from Minnesota:

Minnesota companies of all sizes and types are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified workers, according to the annual report of Grow Minnesota! This shortage, along with concerns regarding the state’s training programs, are among the major findings of the private-sector program spearheaded by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

Here’s a media piece following up on the release of the report:

It’s getting harder to find good help.

That’s the principal finding in the annual report of Grow Minnesota, a program spearheaded by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with 40 local chambers, including the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce.

The report says companies of all sizes and types are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified workers.

“As good as current training programs are, they need to do a better job of keeping pace with the needs of today’s economy,” said Bill Blazar, senior vice president of public affairs and business development at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

A copy of the Minnesota Chamber’s report is available here.  It’ll be interesting to see what this coalition can come up with.

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