Representatives from EMSI, Maher & Maher, and the Newton, Iowa region will be presenting a session titled “The Integrated RIG Planning Process: Lessons From the First Regional Innovation Grant” at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovations 2008 conference. For those going to the conference and interested in attending the session, it is scheduled for Thursday, July 17th, at 9:30am—check your conference schedule for details.
Session summary: “Newton, Iowa and the Central Iowa region are a microcosm of the changes in the manufacturing industry. Learn how the region used workforce information intelligence and tools, along with carefully facilitated local intelligence, to form the region and lead a data-driven planning process focused on creating a different kind of economy. Understand the key aspect of ‘selling’ regionalization in an environment that is intensely political and local in its perspective.”
EMSI led the project’s economic and workforce analysis, contributing asset maps, industry focus reports, and a SWOT analysis. A summary of the session will be posted on EMSI’s web site after the conference.