Westerville Partnership Eyes Way to Strengthen Workforce
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Westerville Magazine.
The Westerville Partnership is entering 2020 energized with a plan to help strengthen Westerville’s workforce. Consisting of the City, Westerville Area Chamber, Westerville City Schools, Westerville Public Library and Otterbein University, the partnership leverages the strengths of each organization to support programs for the greater good of the community.
“This intentional partnership of governing, public and private service bodies is unique to Westerville. We have seen time and again that when these five organizations work in tandem toward a goal, it serves an enormous benefit to the community,” said City Manager Dave Collinsworth.
The collaborative relationship between the five partners was crucial to the City being named one of the Intelligent Community Forum’s 2019 Global Top 7 Communities and 2020 Smart21 Communities.
In the spirit of collaboration, the Westerville Partnership conducted in-depth research, surveys and facilitate discussions with major employers, counselors, post-secondary and high school students to learn about opportunities within the existing workforce system.
“The research confirmed that businesses have the workforce they need to thrive locally and compete globally right here in Westerville,” said Economic Development Director Jason Bechtold. “It also revealed significant opportunities to strengthen current workforce development programs and better connect industry to these programs and, in doing so, strengthening the local workforce.”
The research helped the partnership plan a strategic way forward, focusing on the areas of Talent Development, Talent Attraction and Workforce System Alignment.
Read the executive summary of the Westerville Talent Assessment & Development Strategy.