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Growing the Talent Supply

This community's economic engine is running on all cylinders. We are growing population, jobs and new businesses. Staffing this growth is a challenge, but the Chamber is joining multiple partners to ensure that area businesses have the skilled labor they require. It requires a three-pronged approach.

Last year, your Chamber worked with members of the Columbus Area Economic Growth Council to secure the 21st Century Talent Region Designation from the State of Indiana. Learn more about this designation. 

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Talent Development

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.

Talent Attraction

We are working with the members of the Columbus Area Economic Growth Council to create a talent attraction strategy that includes a robust marketing plan, supported by promotional videos, a website and a digital marketing campaign targeting professional, management and technical backgrounds. We expect to share this toolkit in the Spring of 2020.

Talent Retention

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.

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