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On February 17, 2016, the Southern Virginia Manufacturing Partnership released the Survey of Southern Virginia Manufacturing Workforce Needs, 2016. Coordinated through the regional Chambers of Commerce, the survey includes responses from 45 manufacturers who shared their current and future talent development needs. The Collaborative will use this information to address workforce issues facing existing companies.
The Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC) recently participated in the 2014 Skills Summit in Washington, D.C., where participants asked members of Congress to support policies and investments in skill development, enabling more employers to find the skilled workers they need to compete globally, and so all workers can share in and contribute to the country’s economic prosperity.
Companies, employees and economic development professionals in the Dan River Region have been participating in a workforce readiness pilot program in Virginia since June.
Leigh Cockram, the new director of business development and strategic initiatives at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, brought a message of partnership and regional cooperation to members of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority Friday morning during their meeting at Riverstone.