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CAEDC/WITCC to host 'Business Breakfast'

Thursday, November 8, 2012

On Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Western Iowa Tech Community College campus in Cherokee, the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation and WITCC are hosting a meeting for CEOs, Owners, Managers and Human Resource Directors. Bbreakfast will be provided.

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The meeting, featuring Diane Neri of Iowa Workforce Development, will present information on the Skilled Iowa Communities Initiative and present options on bridging the workforce gap in Cherokee County. This program is designed to improve the job training and marketability of Iowa's workforce. Similar initiatives throughout the country have changed the landscape of local economies through programs that incorporate this nationally recognized assessment system. The assessment was designed to measure individual workers' skills in the areas of applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.

* For our workers: they have ability to demonstrate skills to current and potential employers allowing opportunities for career change and advancement.

* For our businesses: they gain assurance that employees have the right skill sets. It will assist with hiring procedures, reduced turnover and training costs, increased productivity and raise employee morale.

* For our community: it can demonstrate that we have a talented workforce to fill current and future jobs which can be a valuable tool to attract new businesses to the area and enhance economic growth opportunities.

Angie Lawson, Director of Economic Development for Western Iowa Tech Community College, will present job training options for businesses offered through the college, including information about the 260E & 260F programs and on-site training opportunities.

Mark Buschkamp, Executive Director of CAEDC, will demonstrate how Cherokee County businesses can easily post job openings on the CAEDC website (www.cherokeeia.com) and how CAEDC promotes those opening through RSS feeds and social media.

Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority will speak about the current emphasis of workforce development in economic development and the current state of Iowa's business climate.

The meeting will be fast-paced and present a great deal of information in a short time frame allowing everyone to return to work before 9 a.m. Please call CAEDC at 225-5739 to reserve your spot.



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