“Finding Tomorrow’s Talent Today” summit aims to help employers overcome hiring woes

“Finding Tomorrow’s Talent Today” summit aims to help employers overcome hiring woes

When employers constantly go back to the same talent pool, odds are the pool will start to dry up. That’s the dilemma many west central Minnesota employers are experiencing. “Finding Tomorrow’s Talent Today,” Thursday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Minnesota State Community and Technical College—Detroit Lakes, is a regional workforce summit that aims to help employers solve their worker shortage issues by providing resources and information to expand that potential labor pool.

Bill Blazar, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, will present “Employees by the Numbers: The Data Behind the Growing Need for Workers, and Where to Find Them.”

“Businesses increasingly have to be as creative to find their next employee as they do to find their next customer,” said Blazar. “Whether it’s export markets or talent pools, they are looking to tap into new opportunities that can help fuel their change and growth in Minnesota.” 

Regional Labor Analyst Chet Bodin from the Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development will bring a regional perspective to Blazar’s talk by providing the most recent data on occupations in demand in west central Minnesota.

Along with the speakers, area healthcare and manufacturing employers will share how they are tackling their own workforce shortage issues, and workforce development organizations will be available as employment resources for participants.

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Several regional organizations are co-sponsoring the event: Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc., the Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development, Productive Alternatives, West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Detroit Lakes, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership and the Fargo VA Health Care System.