Delaware County has been chosen as the pilot for a new workforce program in the state.
The Iowa Workforce Innovation Network team, known as iWIN, is from Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Services. Two of their team members were in Manchester on Thursday to host a meeting with local business and community leaders to develop solutions to Iowa’s workforce issues.
Team member Camille Sloan Schroeder says they considered several counties to serve as the pilot, but ultimately chose Delaware County.
Sloan Schroeder says they’ll be encouraging Delaware County to think outside of the box on how to grow the workforce instead of focusing just on the small number who are unemployed – that includes looking at part-time workers who could become full-time, recruiting more young people and bringing back people who commute out of county.
Delaware County Economic Development Director Donna Boss says it’s exciting to be chosen as the sole county for the pilot program.
Boss says they’ll be sending out surveys to many of the business and community leaders in Delaware County over the next week or two as this workforce pilot program gets underway.
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