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Local Business Leaders Participating in National Workforce Program

Representatives of The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and DRIVE, a five-county economic development council of governments, are participating in a national program designed to build the future workforce. Jeffrey Emanuel, Chamber Foundation Director, and Jennifer Wakeman, CEO of DRIVE, were selected to the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) Academy presented by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. As TPM learners, they will develop solutions to produce a competitive, diverse, and world-class workforce in the region.

Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) is a demand-driven, employer-led approach to closing the skills gap. Utilizing supply chain management principles, employers play an expanded leadership role as “end-customers” of education and workforce partnerships. The TPM framework is composed of six strategies that, when implemented in a particular sequence, make for a talent supply chain approach. Each strategy is designed to build off one another and support employers in developing a more data- and performance-driven approach to improving education and workforce partnerships.

Emanuel and Wakeman join 36 leaders from chambers of commerce and workforce and economic development agencies in a six-month program on how to establish this employer-led collaborative to create talent pipelines in sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, construction, IT, and more. In addition, they are now part of a National Learning Network of over 440 TPM practitioners in the United States and Canada.

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