Series to highlight innovative recruitment strategies

Workforce Solutions session set in Chisholm on April 18

DULUTH/CHISHOLM – The Northeast Workforce Solutions Series kicked off in February with about 160 participants from Grand Rapids, Grand Marais, Hibbing and Duluth engaging in a workforce gap conversation. The State Demographer reported on the stagnant population dynamics and the need to look at new migration to move the needle of population growth and workforce diversification.

Most recently, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported that since January 2017, the Northeast Region had gained 6,200 jobs which employers are now challenged to fill at a time when job seekers hold the cards.

As a follow up to that conversation, organizers with the City of Duluth, Duluth Workforce Development Board, the Northeast Minnesota Workforce Board, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation, along with several public and private partners, are hosting the second series aimed at introducing innovative talent recruitment strategies planned for Wednesday, April 18, in Duluth and Chisholm. The event will take place with two sessions:

• Morning session: 7:30 –
10:30 a.m., registration
at 7:30 a.m., program at
8 a.m. at Greysolon Ballroom, Duluth.
• Afternoon session: 12:30 –
3:30 p.m., registration at
12:30 p.m., program at 1
p.m. at Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm.
Advance registration is

highly recommended to
obtain the $20 per person
rate. Register at https://
ibex.d.umn.edu/biz/umdced/ workshops/.

“Participants from the Workforce Solutions Series Kick off were very clear in their feedback: we need tangible strategies,” said Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. “This second in the workforce series will dig deeper into innovative solutions from a national expert and lead into an honest conversation with a panel of employers who have demonstrated success in their recruitment efforts. There’s no better time than now to share and learn from other experts to ensure a strong workforce and economy for our region’s future.”

The second of the multipart series will be conducted in Duluth in the morning and Chisholm in the afternoon, but both will feature the same keynote speaker, Janice Urbanik, executive director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce, who has worked extensively on developing the talent supply chains for the regional industry sectors in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally, participants will gain valuable insight from panelists who are attracting employees to their organizations in creative ways.

“Employers need to stay competitive to attract and retain a vibrant, skilled workforce,” said Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Commissioner Mark Phillips. “It’s about finding the right strategy that suits your organization. Our goal is to bring ideas and people to the table.”

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