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Talent Within Range: Bridging the Workforce Divide in Greater Minnesota.

Date: May 18th, 2017

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: Free! but registration preferred: https://goo.gl/YZFO1r

Venue: Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, MN

At the next Policy & a Pint, we will talk about what some areas in Minnesota have done and can do to create and maintain a strong workforce and bridge the talent divide in order to contribute to a strong state to live and work.

Minnesota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.  For the past three years the rate has been at or below 4%.  Yet, certain Minnesota communities still struggle with unemployment.  10% of adults on the Iron Range are currently without work.  At the same time, employers in certain communities struggle to find skilled labor to staff open positions.  This workforce shortage continues to become more challenging as baby boomers throughout Minnesota reach and exceed retirement age, exiting the workforce and bringing decades of skill and experience with them.

A recent study by RealTime Talent finds that Minnesota will be short about 278,000 workers statewide by 2022. The irony of this dichotomy reveals a disconnect that exists in our state that presents both a challenge and an opportunity. How do we  develop the talent of our currently unemployed and future workforce to match the skills needed by employers seeking, but not finding, a skilled workforce?   What are the state and local leaders doing to identify workforce development challenges in Greater Minnesota, and what proactive steps are they taking to address those challenges? How do the public and private sectors come together to build a strong Minnesota for everyone?

Funded by the Bush Foundation & Target, Policy and a Pint is an event series presented by the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current that engages people in important conversations about public policy in Minnesota.  As part of Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th Anniversary, Policy and a Pint is taking these important conversations to more communities throughout Minnesota.