June 26, 2020

Our Nation is in the midst of two major events that will forever change the way we live and work.  And both provide an opportunity for rural resurgence that hasn’t existed for decades.

Covid-19 has touched every person in the US.  But, as the map below shows, it has tou...

June 8, 2020

The Northeast Missouri Development Partnership (NMDP) retained the Growth Services Group, a national workforce intelligence and consulting firm, to conduct two surveys of area employers. The scope of work included one survey for industrial employers as well as a second...

April 14, 2020

Labor Data is in Flux Due to COVID-19

As I continue to work from my home office, I am reminded of how my life, and frankly the world, has changed over the past few weeks. My calendar as gone from face-to-face business meetings, family events and group cycling rides to a...

September 26, 2017

RECORD JOB OPENINGS AND THE LOWEST PARTICIPATION RATE SINCE THE 1970’S; WHERE ARE THE EMPLOYEES?

Last year I wrote a blog entitled, “RECORD JOB OPENINGS AND THE LOWEST PARTICIPATION RATE SINCE THE 1970’S; WHERE ARE THE EMPLOYEES?” Based on recent conversations with majo...

July 6, 2017

While Gen X and Boomers often considered pension plans, 401(k)’s, and health insurance among the most important benefits when choosing a job, millennial employees are looking for companies with student loan repayment programs.

Today's employment landscape resulted...

April 6, 2017

Clint O'Neal is a professional economic developer for the state of Missouri. He gives us key steps you need to take to be prepared to win the next project for your community's economic development.


What are site selectors looking for? What data and reports should you h...

January 30, 2017

“THE STRUGGLE FOR SKILLED LABOR IS REAL”

It’s not just talk; the need to find and quantify a skilled workforce is job one for companies looking to make investment today. For years, site selection consultants have been stressing the importance of this issue, from their c...

September 6, 2016

In a recent Blog entitled “Labor Supply and Record Job Openings” GSG Labor Market Researcher and Analyst Ed Martin wrote, “Recently, the Labor Department reported record job openings for the U.S. to be 5.75 million in July 2015. In a separate news release the Labor Dep...

January 25, 2016

“WITHOUT DATA YOU’RE JUST ANOTHER PERSON WITH AN OPINION.”
W. EDWARDS DEMING

Imagine the ability to discuss the relevant information below with an existing employer during your next BR&E visit. How much more productive would your visit be? Or, imagine sharing detailed i...

December 14, 2015

“WITHOUT DATA YOU’RE JUST ANOTHER PERSON WITH AN OPINION.”
W. EDWARDS DEMING

Recently I attended a Sector Strategies and Workforce Planning Statewide Meeting with the Workforce Development Boards from the State of Missouri. The meeting objectives included an opportunity...

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