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Collaboration Is a Boon for Workforce Development

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — With multimillion-dollar federal and state grants feeding into workforce development programs, regional agencies – and the small businesses they serve – are reaping the benefits of collaborating across county and state lines. Among the most recent get: a $2.5 million workforce development grant awarded in October through the U.S. Department of Labor […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With multimillion-dollar federal and state grants feeding into workforce development programs, regional agencies – and the small businesses they serve – are reaping the benefits of collaborating across county and state lines. Among the most recent get: a $2.5 million workforce development grant awarded in October through...

Team NEO Studies Jobs Imbalance

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Northeastern Ohio has more jobs than it does credentialed workers to fill them, but still fails to retain nearly half of its college graduates, according to a new report, “Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio,” released by Team NEO. The data refute speculation that a lack of jobs is to blame for the […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Northeastern Ohio has more jobs than it does credentialed workers to fill them, but still fails to retain nearly half of its college graduates, according to a new report, “Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio,” released by Team NEO. The data refute speculation that a lack of jobs...

Additive Manufacturers Need Skilled Workers, Too

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — When Joel Neidig purchased his first 3D printer, he said he couldn’t answer his father and grandfather on how he was going to use it. But the third-generation manufacturer started experimenting to make one-off prototypes, then started printing temporary replacements for brackets and other parts for the 200-plus machines at Indiana Technology […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- When Joel Neidig purchased his first 3D printer, he said he couldn’t answer his father and grandfather on how he was going to use it. But the third-generation manufacturer started experimenting to make one-off prototypes, then started printing temporary replacements for brackets and other parts for the...

Brain Gain: What Works, What Doesn’t

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A newly released white paper from The Brookings Institution, prepared by Joseph Parilla and Sifan Liu, concludes that talent-driven economic development underscores a fundamental tenet of the modern economy: Workforce capabilities far surpass any other driver of economic development.  The white paper aims to help economic development leaders recognize that the future […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A newly released white paper from The Brookings Institution, prepared by Joseph Parilla and Sifan Liu, concludes that talent-driven economic development underscores a fundamental tenet of the modern economy: Workforce capabilities far surpass any other driver of economic development.  The white paper aims to help economic development...

3 Ways to Keep Qualified Workers

For many small business owners, retaining qualified talent is top of mind. When a small business loses a highly trained, valuable employee, the impact can ripple across the business – especially in today’s tight labor market. More than two-thirds of small and independent business owners say that they’re having a harder time filling the most-skilled […]

For many small business owners, retaining qualified talent is top of mind. When a small business loses a highly trained, valuable employee, the impact can ripple across the business – especially in today’s tight labor market. More than two-thirds of small and independent business owners say that they’re having a...

How to Attract and Keep Young Professionals Here

By Jeremy LydicWEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- As former mayor of a city that lost nearly “everything that made our community a community,” Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman understands the value of retaining young talent. So, when Dustin McGaughey, a senior at Sharpsville High School who is enrolled at eCenter@LindenPointe, asked...

Kiraly Invests in ‘Up-Skilling’ Workers

By Lisa Solley YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- It’s been two decades since Steven Kiraly followed in his father’s manufacturing footsteps to open Kiraly Tool and Die Inc. in Youngstown. The company has seen many changes over the years, but the shrinking workforce is proving the most challenging. Kiraly, an iron worker...

WorkAdvance Program Fills Workforce Gaps

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Lifting workers out of low-wage-jobs, providing sustainable careers and giving people a second chance are some of the ways a job-skills training program is changing lives – and reversing the brain drain plaguing our communities and the future of the region.  WorkAdvance is an initiative led by the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Lifting workers out of low-wage-jobs, providing sustainable careers and giving people a second chance are some of the ways a job-skills training program is changing lives – and reversing the brain drain plaguing our communities and the future of the region.  WorkAdvance is an initiative led by...