Workforce Development Plan
The City of Fayetteville is working to improve the economic health of its residents and employers. During 2018 and 2019, the City will work with stakeholders and the general public to identify strategies, goals, and recommendations for the improvement of Fayetteville's workforce.
During Mayor Lioneld Jordan's 2018 State of the City Address, he announced the City of Fayetteville would begin the creation of its first Workforce Development Plan. This decision is an extension and implementation of the Fayetteville First Economic Development Plan, which was formally adopted by the Fayetteville City Council in 2016. The Fayetteville First Plan outlined seven strategic focuses, these focuses provided Fayetteville with an actionable guide to strengthen the City's impact on the Northwest Arkansas economy, and foster economic vitality across the entire City. Ensuring workforce talent is attracted, developed, and retained is the third strategic focus, and the development of the Fayetteville Workforce Development Plan aims to fully realize this goal.
What is Workforce Development?
Workforce development is an interconnected set of solutions to meet employment needs: It prepares individuals with needed skills, emphasizes the value of workplace learning and addresses the hiring demands of employers from the outset. It serves two functions; enabling individuals to acquire knowledge, hard skills, and soft skills for gainful employment; and provides employers with an effective means to communicate and meet their skill demands, according to USAID.
Workforce development is a complex issue. Educational Institutions and social service providers approach workforce development from the perspective of sustainable economic security of the individual. Economic Developers approach workforce development from the lens of economic health and growth of the community. Lastly, employers approach workforce development from an operational perspective, focusing on the skills their businesses needs to remain competitive. The City of Fayetteville's Workforce Development Plan aims for a comprehensive approach to the issue, and will work to remove silos and create synergistic initiatives that serve the needs of the individual, community, and employer.
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- Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
- Startup Junkie Consulting
- Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District.