SARASOTA, FL — Citing the importance of developing a competitive workforce and its relationship to economic vitality, business leaders from The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce locked arms with key leaders in education, government and foundations Friday thanks to a grant from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW).
After hearing a presentation on the ICW’s Leaders and Laggards, a state-by-state public postsecondary report card followed by panels of statewide and area experts and a discussion of model programs, the Chamber proposed the creation of an area-wide mechanism to assure better communication and coordination of education resources from Pre-K to Workplace so as to assure a seamless transition for the workforce.
“There is a gap right now between the skills in our workforce and the positions that employers need to fill so they can grow,” said Mark Pritchett, senior vice president for community investment of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “Bridging that gap will require a shared vision across our community and better coordination between businesses and educational institutions at all levels.”
The Chamber’s Workforce Innovation & Talent Development Council will seek to engage a core group of participants to serve as an initial “think and do” tank and develop a plan of action.
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is 1600 member not-for-profit organization that exists to maximize our members’ success, the community’s competitiveness, and the area’s economic strengths. For more information, call 941-955-8187 or visit online at www.sarasotachamber.com.
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce is a nonprofit, non-partisan, 501(c)3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, promoting the rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems needed to preserve the strength of America’s greatest economic resource, its workforce.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.