Helping Communities Shine

Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

Momentum West Talent Strategy

Momentum West
Start Date: May 2016 — End Date: Nov 2016

CREC, in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa’s Institute for Decision Making (IDM), assisted Momentum West with developing a Talent Retention and Attraction Action Plan comprised of an analysis of the region’s existing talent supply (Workforce Analysis), an assessment of its capacity to develop or attract workers (Asset Analysis), and an implementation plan for managing the region’s talent pipeline (Action Plan). The analysis and action plan reflected the unique needs of the Momentum West region combined with the experience of other benchmark regions encountering many of the same issues.  The final result was a template for action–building as much as possible on initiatives already underway–that local economic development, workforce development, and education leaders can use to guide their action in the years ahead. The action plan included metrics to guide leaders in assessing performance and making mid-course corrections.

Research & Planning

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