Lakewood Golf Outing - Friday, June 15th - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. **Don't Miss Out!***
Lakewood Golf Club is a private golf course in Lake Geneva that has been generously offered the facilities to WCEDA for a fundraiser to benefit economic development efforts within the county. Proceeds will be used to advance the Inspire program, which is a web-based program that interfaces local businesses with students, teachers, and parents. This is a rare opportunity to experience this unique course and clubhouse, which is surrounded by a 300-acre wildlife refuge. People who have participated in this event in the past say its one of the most enjoyable golf events they have attended. A gourmet reception with drinks follows the round and is a great opportunity to connect with the other golfers. Golf packages and other items are also given out as part of a drawing. Registrations are limited. Only 12 foursomes will be permitted to play. Click here for more
2018 Connect Community Open House -
On Saturday, May 12, the Elkhorn Downtown opened its doors for the 3rd annual Open House. The event allowed visitors a sneak peek of unique properties and venues around the state. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., visitors could tour historic properties, rooftops, and theaters, participate in walking tours and educational sessions, and enjoy business specials throughout the host communities. Elkhorn also had vendors in the square and many of the businesses opened their doors to a sidewalk sale or offered specials to visitors. The highlight was the music performed by two one-man groups. Connect Communities is a great way to meet your business neighbors and get involved in what's going on. Click here to find out more about this program.
Central Wisconsin Labor Region Labor Availability Analysis – 2018 With Emphasis on Manufacturing Employment
The Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium recently contracted the Docking Institute of Public Affairs to conduct a labor availability analysis of 10 counties including Walworth County. This effort emphasized the manufacturing sector and focused much of its work on Jefferson and Dodge counties. Even so, it is still a useful analysis that can be applied to the general area. There were a number of interesting insights that this analysis revealed, including the fact that more than three-quarters of the available labor pool is willing to work outside of their primary field of employment for new or different employment opportunities. An estimated 7,012 members (3%) of the Available Labor Pool are interested in a new job at $10 an hour, 29,347 (11%) are interested at $15 an hour, and 71,419 (28%) are interested at $20 an hour, indicating that wages are a major factor. The six most important desired benefits, in order, are good salary or hourly wage, good retirement benefits, good health benefits, good vacation benefits, on-the-job training (OJT) or paid training, and flexible hours or flex-time. To read the executive study, click here. To obtain a copy of the full Labor Availability Analysis, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
The highlight was the music performed by two 1 man groups.
REGIONAL TALENT PARTNERSHIP
Milwaukee 7 hosted its second annual economic development forum this week. Not surprisingly, the theme of the event was developing 21st century talent. Governor Walker kicked off the event. He listed the top three priorities that his administration is pursuing as it relates to workforce: education/training; breaking down barriers to employment; marketing for the recruitment of talent. One of the initiatives he highlighted in the area of education is Academic and Career Planning (ACP). Incidentally, the INSPIRE program that WCEDA is leading for Walworth County is a program that supports this objective. Some of the barriers they are working on to remove are in areas like people with disabilities, the correctional system, and those on public assistance. The administration plans to spend $8 million on marketing to prospective workers in partnership with the department of tourism, particularly in the Illinois area but across the whole Midwest, targeting millennials, Wisconsin graduates, and veterans. Walker noted that Wisconsin is the number one state for veteran benefits. And, he asked the audience to help promote that message. Becky Frankiewicz, President of Manpower North America, also spoke to the group. To set the context, she explained that 65% or more of the future jobs are ones that do not currently exist now. Her parting message to the group is that we need to be working with our educators to prepare students to become lifelong learners who have the ability to adapt to new situations and challenges: learnability and adaptability were themes that consistently ran through her remarks. For more information on the M7 Regional partnership, click here to contact Lisa Pavett.
SBA Guide to Government Contracting
Every year, the federal government spends over $400 billion dollars on goods and services, making it the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development is charged with making sure that the federal government spends at least 23% of its contract dollars with small businesses annually. Visit their site to learn how