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Weld, Larimer collaborate on workforce development

Posted on 02/20/2020
Weld, Larimer collaborate on workforce development

The second annual joint Weld and Larimer County Workforce Development Board meeting was held last week in Loveland. Over 40 members from both boards joined together to review current local projects, identify regional workforce priorities and plan potential future areas of collaboration.

“Northern Colorado is forecasted to be a metro area of one million people by 2036, so it’s more important than ever for our counties to work together,” said Tami Grant, Deputy Director of Weld County Human Services. “The NoCo region is a thriving area we want to continue to promote and market to both citizens and businesses looking to relocate.”

The regional partnership was formalized into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year between both counties’ Board of Commissioners. The MOU in part states, “The Boards recognize that certain business, labor, transportation, educational, cultural and other assets exist within our two counties; so that when marketed jointly, a stronger case can be made to prospective employers and potential employees within certain targeted industry and occupational sectors.”

At this year’s meeting, members engaged in table discussions and participated in presentations to provide digital, real-time feedback, which was captured and distributed to attendees. Top priorities for 2020 were decided, which include continued and enhanced regional partnering through joint meetings and new avenues of collaboration. Other pressing issues were also added to the discussion, such as the lack of child care, transportation concerns and workforce center accessibility.

“Our counties have similar interests and issues,” added Grant. “We both want to attract employers and employees, but the reality is that people don’t live and work in just one town – they constantly cross lines to shop, dine, recreate and everything in between, so it’s imperative that we really look at our region as a whole.”

Both the Weld and Larimer County Workforce Development Boards have been designated as High Performing by the Colorado Workforce Development Council. This means the boards meet specific key performance indicators, such as having diverse and knowledgeable community members who participate in activities supporting the local workforce system and actively engage in board meetings.

Learn more about the Weld County Workforce Development Board at https://www.weldgov.com/departments/human_services/employment_services/workforce_development_board.