Grant County Welcomes Indiana’s First Secretary for Career Connections and Talent

12/19/2017 NEW CASTLE, IN— The Grant County Economic Growth Council, along with its nine local economic development counterparts from the East Central Indiana Regional Partnership, gathered to welcome Blair Milo, the state of Indiana’s first Secretary for Career Connections and Talent.

Over the next ten years, Indiana will have an estimated one million job openings that will need to be filled. Governor Eric J. Holcomb created this new cabinet-level position to specifically target Indiana’s workforce, as he recognizes the urgency of developing a talent pipeline for Indiana. Milo will help roll out Governor Holcomb’s 2018 Next Level Agenda, which emphasizes the building up of a strong Indiana workforce.

The 2018 Next Level Agenda includes 5 pillars: 1) Cultivate a strong and diverse economy 2) Maintain and build the state’s infrastructure 3) Develop a 21st Century skilled and ready workforce 4) Attack the Drug Epidemic 5) Deliver Great Government Service. To accomplish this third pillar, Milo leads the Governor’s Education to Career Pathway Cabinet in building a strategic framework to fill the talent pipeline with a skilled Hoosier workforce.

Gathering with coffee and donuts, members of the East Central Indiana Regional Partnership listened to Milo express the importance of collaboration and synergy in Indiana’s approach to workforce development. Milo states that her strategy will emphasize local control and management, rather than state mandates; easy accessibility to programs and funding; and flexibility, so that it may adapt to the continually changing nature of work.

In Grant County, the Growth Council is working to connect Grant County industries, employers, and workers to Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda grant funding opportunities and programs, which include: You Can Go Back, Next Level Jobs, and SKILL UP Round 3.

Follow the links or contact the Growth Council Staff to learn more.

See Secretary Blair Milo’s Biography Here.

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