Workforce development chief shares best practices with EDA members

While over 14,000 individuals have utilized five Virginia Career Works centers in the Peninsula and Southside between 2018 and 2019, skilled industries like maritime and health care still need workers. Steve Cook, vice president of workforce innovation for Hampton Roads…

Workforce forum urges business leaders to help “bring sexy back”

Panel members discuss labor shortages and retaining talent at the “Understanding Hampton Roads” forum in Chesapeake on Tuesday. The panel members from left to right: Casey Roberts, executive director of New Horizons Regional Education Centers; Daniel Lufkin, president of Paul…

Economic evidence created a sense of urgency for study | Expert column

So why is the Hampton Roads Community Foundation involved in workforce development? Shortly after my arrival as president and CEO in 2012, the foundation launched a community leadership initiative focused on regional economic competitiveness. The impetus was our growing concern…

Free forum to be held for discussing Hampton Roads workforce shortages, talent strategy

A new six-month study of the workforce gap and talent alignment strategy for Hampton Roads will be released at a free forum next week. The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Hampton Roads Workforce Council are hosting an “Understanding Hampton Roads”…

Strategic approach to improving Hampton Roads’ talent pipeline

Efforts to strengthen the next generation workforce and create a more vibrant, diverse regional economy have been at the forefront of discussions among workforce development stakeholders — particularly as we face an unprecedented labor shortage. The business community’s need for…

Hampton Roads workforce boards unite and switch focus to employers

Hampton Roads’ two workforce development boards are becoming a lot closer. The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Greater Peninsula Workforce Board are in the midst of a new collaborative effort, meeting together and connecting job seekers with employers. Additionally,…