Access to talent continues to be the chief site selection factor for companies planning new facilities, expansions, and/or relocations. Availability of skilled labor was ranked as the third most important factor for location decisions. Ignite The Region’s Talent initiative is to expand the talent assets of Northwest Indiana and strengthen connections to the region’s employers. Our Talent Initiative is comprised of seven strategic goals:

  1. Expand and deepen sector partnerships focused on addressing the workforce needs of specific industries.

  2. Enhance the efforts of the Northwest Indiana’s education and training institutions

  3. Build greater awareness of Northwest Indiana’s job opportunities and strong manufacturing employment base

  4. The Region’s Local Economic Development Organization (LEDO) should utilize the Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) to a greater degree when working with investment prospects

  5. Target residents in northern Illinois about the plethora of advantages of relocating to Northwest Indiana including a lower cost of living and high quality healthcare

  6. Support the talent recruitment efforts of large regional employers

  7. Establish a region-wide young professionals (YP) civic leadership program connecting existing leaders and providing a regional perspective with a focus on economic development