Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Chris Smith who shared about Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDDs).

JEDDs provide a mechanism by which municipalities and townships can cooperate to foster development activities without modifications to jurisdiction boundaries. A JEDD was instrumental in the acquisition of the Ivy Point property development. More can be found here on JEDDs and more can be found here on Ivy Point.

Today we heard from Chris Smith who shared about Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDDs)
Next week we will not have a meeting due to our pass the gavel dinner.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from HarrySnider of Great Oaks.

Due to a desire to build a better workforce in Ohio, vocational programing was developed in Northern Hamilton County. There are 4 campuses, 36 affiliated school systems in 12 counties in Southwest Ohio, a partnership with Cincinnati State and many other business partners in the community. Greats Oaks is funded by local property taxes (70%), a state foundation (24%) and other miscellaneous revenue (6%).

3202 juniors and seniors are enrolled in full-time workforce development programs. The biggest growth has been in the satellite programs which currently has 11,485 students enrolled. In addition, 42,000 adults receive services from Great Oaks. There are 14 adult career programs including ABLE and ESOL programs, Nursing programs, Motorcycle safety programs, etc. Through the association with Cincinnati State, Great Oaks offers licensed practical nursing programs on their campus which often motivates students who would never consider college to actually pursue that track. In fact, their partnerships with local colleges offer adults to who did not graduate from High School the opportunity to complete their degrees in a college environment.

The goal is to create programs and community partnerships which create career pathways. Great oaks also does much recruiting on behalf of smaller companies. For example, manufacturing is thought to be a dead industry but yet, 21% of jobs in our area are manufacturing based. So Great Oaks often helps smaller companies which, don't have large HR departments or training programs, connect with quality, trained employees.

Today we heard from Harry Snider of Great Oaks.
Next week we will not have a meeting due to our golf outing.