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The newly created Mobile Area Workforce Alliance finalized a plan of action with the goal of producing the needed workforce for the Mobile area.
“This is the first time to my knowledge that a community has had this level of involvement and specificity in their approach to workforce,” said Bradley Byrne, president and CEO of the Mobile Chamber. “We came together this morning and unanimously agreed on this plan of action. We will meet monthly and hold one another accountable. All of us at the table have a vested interest in the success of our efforts. Failure is not an option.”
The Mobile area is experiencing unprecedented economic growth with a growing number of jobs in aviation, shipbuilding and repair, advance manufacturing (e.g., steel, chemical, aluminum), logistics, healthcare, engineering, construction, and business (e.g., accounting, law, information technology). This growth presents a difficult challenge in the need to produce a much larger number of adequately skilled workers.
Absent a clear plan and continuous cooperation among all the entities with workforce responsibilities, there is a real danger of failure. This Alliance is comprised of: The Chickasaw City School System, The Mobile County Public School System, The Saraland City School System, The Satsuma City School System, The Mobile Area Education Foundation, Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, The University of South Alabama, Alabama Industrial Development Training, Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment, South Alabama Workforce Development Council, and The Mobile Chamber.
The Plan of Action (link here) includes specific actions to be taken, defines the requirements for success, identifies who is responsible for each, and provides clear metrics to define success for each action item.
The Mobile Area Workforce Alliance plans to meet monthly.
The Mobile Chamber is a private business organization with more than 1,700 members and the economic developer for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. The Mobile Chamber’s focus is on recruiting new industries, assisting existing companies to expand, developing the local workforce, representing legislative priorities and offering resources for small businesses.
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