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Economic Development Participation

Business retention, growth and attraction are directly impacted by the ability of regional stakeholders to find effective and innovative solutions to workforce challenges. Becoming an integral partner of a local JAO initiative supports economic developers in positioning a region as a great place to work and conduct business. One of the early pioneer teams of the JAO initiative, Stanislaus County, created a six-month campaign among the partners that comprised its alliance called Worknet’s StanTogether with a goal to add 1,000 jobs in the local economy. Economic developers were an integral part of this team. A concerted effort was undertaken to educate more than 200 businesses about the available resources and tools to support the hiring process among the alliance’s partners. The area had been plagued by high unemployment rates as high as 16.4 percent with more than 38,200 jobless workers in the county. Partners of the alliance worked to screen prospective applicants and narrow the field to the most qualified, as well as offered wage reimbursement incentives to train employees which resulted in hiring 1,306 new employees.

Whether you opt for a short-term campaign or a long-term initiative, when you join as a Just Add One member, you adopt a process for your community that aligns business and industry, workforce investment boards, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, community colleges and community-based organizations to create unique strategies to help local small businesses succeed. Click here to see how you can adopt this model in your community.


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