Even though it seems much longer, it was just two months ago that the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board hosted two Regional Workforce Development Forums. Nearly 100 stakeholders met in person to share insights at the forums; one held in Slayton, MN on February 25, 2020 and one in Granite Falls, MN on February 28, 2020. Both forums were well represented by employers. In addition, a broad group of 104 stakeholders completed a survey to help the Workforce Development Board gain initial insights about key demographic and workforce realities in the region.

Check out the Executive Summary of the survey and results of the Regional Forums as well as the labor market information that was presented by Cameron Macht from DEED.

Much has changed since the forums and the deadline for the Regional and Local Workforce Development plans have been postponed until April 2021 so that they can reflect the impact of COVID-19 on our local economy and workforce development needs. Look for more information to come.