Growing the Talent Supply
Changing technology creates demand for high-skilled labor who can meet the rapidly-changing needs of employers. In 2019, your Chamber worked with members of the Columbus Area Economic Growth Council to create a regional roadmap to ensure that we develop, attract and retain the necessary workforce. As a result, we received the 21st Century Talent Region Designation from the State of Indiana. Learn more about this designation.
Talent Attraction Toolkit for Employers
This toolkit is designed to help you successfully recruit the talent you need.
As an employer, you are best qualified to seek out the right candidates and to persuade them to come work for you.
A team of community partners to create a video and website aimed at helping job candidates learn more about what life is like for residents of Columbus. Both offer answers to some of the common question people have when considering a move, like what you can do in your leisure time, the food scene, hiking and biking, cost of living, community engagement opportunities and more. We invite you to use these tools. For more information about utilizing these tools, contact the Chamber.
The Columbus Area Chamber supports the regional talent system by working alongside the Community Education Coalition, employers and educational partners. For more than 20 years, the region has taken a cross-sector approach to creating a strong system to help residents of all ages skill up for the area's high-demand, well-paying jobs.
The Chamber sponsors the Governor's Workforce Ethic Certificate, a reward for those exhibiting the "soft skills" that lead to success, for middle school students.
Two programs of the Chamber are focused on engaging key community members. Those who are able to engage with the community and to build strong professional and social connections, are more likely to remain in the community.
CYP - Columbus Young Professionals
CYP is a self-governed volunteer group that helps young professionals navigate work, life and community. CYP members offer professional development, networking events, candidate forums, community events, and volunteer opportunities. Members are often called upon to provide insights on how to make the community more welcoming and livable. There is no age limit for those who wish to participate. More Info...
CAMEO - Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Association
The community is increasingly diverse as it is home to many global companies. (There are nearly 60 home languages represented within our largest school district.) This federation of ethnic associations allows for the sharing of cultural experiences. It helps people from other cultures navigate the community, while also allowing all members of the community to experience the richness of other cultures.