By Mike Wimmer, GSDC Intern
The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) continues its focus on addressing area workforce concerns. The GSDC recently completed two listening sessions with representatives from local construction, skilled trades, and transportation employers. These initial listening sessions were designed to learn about ways the GSDC can best assist area employers in addressing their workforce concerns. Greater St. Cloud employers have voiced concern over the tight labor market negatively impacting the construction, skilled trades, and transportation industries.
Seven employers took place in the initial two meetings including W. Gohman Construction, Park Industries, Brenny Transportation, KJ Construction, Viking Coke, SCR, Sysco, and Strack Companies. As a part of GSDC’s Skilled Worker Initiative, employers voiced support for an increased emphasis on marketing careers in transportation, construction, and the skilled trades in area high schools. Employers also expressed an interest in seeing GSDC create a Social Media plan aimed at promoting key careers and positions to area youth and to allow area employers to share best practices with each other. If you are an area employer in the construction, skilled trades, or transportation fields and would love to have your voice heard on this subject, please contact Gail Cruikshank.