I-86 Workforce Development Strategic Plan

In late 2017, community leaders began the process of developing an Integrated Workforce Development Strategy for the I-86 Innovation Corridor, comprised of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties in the Southern Tier of Upstate New York. The I-86 Innovation Corridor Initiative is led by a group of regional stakeholders representing the public sector, major employers, education providers, community and economic development organizations, and workforce development partners with the following vision:

The I-86 Innovation Corridor is recognized as a destination business development location, distinguished by its concentration of multi-national anchor companies, advanced infrastructure to support innovation and technology, rich educational and research resources, specialized and skilled workforce and vibrant communities.

The Corridor’s four priority areas include: talent attraction and workforce development, business development, vibrant communities, and infrastructure development. This Integrated Workforce Development Strategy is an extension of significant planning and discussions in the region, driving toward the vision articulated above, it specifically aims to identify the Supply-side and Demand-side conditions of the local workforce to support the creation of coordinated regional talent strategy and targeted, high-impact, game-changing programs in workforce development. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and its partner Avalanche Consulting were selected to assist in the development of this plan.

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