Solution Summit Re-cap

Solution Summit Re-cap

Last week, over 60 regional professionals representing all major local industries, academia and the non-profit sector participated in a full-day working session dedicated to prioritizing opportunities and challenges facing our region’s workforce environment.

The day’s conversation centered on data gathered from over 300 interviews with community members during the second half of 2018. In addition to workforce opportunities identified to be leveraged for talent attraction, development and retention efforts, the following challenges were identified as the most pressing and requiring of the utmost attention.
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  • Market wages for many jobs neither meet worker expectations nor offset the region’s relative cost to live.
  • The regional demand for a technologically advanced talent pool has begun to outpace supply.
  • The general population is not fully leveraging existing career and technical education and training programs.
  • Area demographic and population growth patterns do not support projected workforce demand.
  • Quality housing stock is limited and often unaffordable for workers and their families.
  • Quality childcare is often not available or affordable for workers and their families.
  • The workforce system could function more effectively with better cross-stakeholder and regional collaboration.

With these priority challenges, our research team will spend the next month analyzing our regional resources and capabilities. From there, the Talent Forecast Research Team –  with the consideration of our project management team made up of local workforce development authorities – will come forward with action plans designed to help our communities to tackle these issues.

The Talent Forecast Roll Out Session
Save the Date: Tuesday April 9 | 9am-1pm | Duluth, MN
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Talent Forecast team will host a Roll Out Session in Duluth. We will share results and roll out our carefully-designed action plans. In order for these action plans to take hold, we need YOUR input and commitment. Please plan to attend and be a part of the Talent Forecast Strategy.
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For questions or to participate in the Talent Forecast study, contact APEX’s Ian Vincent at or 218-740-3667
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