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Let's Get An Update on Louisville & Our Region

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Let’s get an Update on Louisville and our Region
Louisville doesn’t exist in a vacuum, no city does. We’re part of Kentucky, part of the Ohio Valley, part of Kentuckiana, etc. And the same is true for the smaller cities and towns surrounding us. So, it stands to reason if one of us is doing well, then all will benefit; and if not . . . . the region suffers. Join us on Tuesday when we take a look at two recently released reports on Louisville and the surrounding region to see how we’re all doing, what we can do better and how we can move forward together. And join us with your questions.

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Wired65 Report Released

A new report was released Tuesday in Louisville that assesses the the economic and workforce development challenges facing a 26 county region in Kentucky and Indiana adjacent to the Interstate 65 corridor.

The Wired65 Regional Competitiveness Strategy was authored in part by the Austin, Texas consulting firm TIP Strategies.

Company executive Tom Stellman says among the report’s observations is that the skill sets of the region’s workforce do not match many job opportunites, and there’s a particular need for people with certain technical skills.

“The demand for artisans, the demand for craftsmen, the demand for machinists, those people who can not only think critically but can use their hands to solve problems, there’s a huge gap right now. And even with unemployment rates high, with people being laid off right now, there still a huge demand.” Stellman told a crowd of education and business leaders.

The full Wired 65 report is available here.