Very interesting, Micheal, It's a great start in rendering your Strategic Developmental Plan more accessible and more easily understandable for the Stakeholders. Brian Crossman Brian@crossmanconsultants.com
Improve business development communication marketing and networking.
See strategic plan document - action matrix
Develop Workforce to Meet 21st Century Challenges
Based on a career pathways approach, develop curricula based on the skills needed for the targeted industries (from high school to community college). Continue to coordinate efforts with the regional four year colleges and universities to build on their strengths.
Provide job information to guidance counselors, teachers, principals and parents about various career and education pathways for the target industries and other employment opportunities. Task Force will address technical and academic skill areas that are needed as well as soft skills for employees (attendance, reliability, etc). Work to solve disconnect between available jobs and workforce skills.
In an effort to attract employees from regional colleges and create life long residents, expand internship opportunities throughout the County and market to college department heads. Encourage greater participation by companies. Work to find ways to benefit the student, company and university through credit programs, tuition assistance and/or payment.
Support existing STEM training efforts and increase where possible. For example the National Science Foundation offers grants to community colleges and other institutions of higher learning to increase their ability to deliver education and career training.
Pursue funding to continue the Jefferson Express Workshops offered by JCC to provide job training, skill building and mobile technical assistance to rural parts of the County.
Focus on transitions into targeted industries, acquiring the skills necessary for the current economy and how to start a business. Pursue additional Federal funds and programs to train and place veterans.
Program to include training opportunities for technical skills, and various managerial and business skills. Create programs where multiple firms can send employees to improve enrollment rates and increase sustainability for providers.
Integrate service and resource information pertaining to child care, elder care, and transportation alternatives through outreach to local employers and employees. Service providers should increase marketing and promotion.
Establishing a partnership with Eastern Ontario higher education centers could broaden the labor pool and attract applicants for job openings.
Implement a "life long learning" strategy whereby residents are aware of the many available programs (Certificate programs, Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees and beyond) through JCC. Recognize and encourage the various ways that residents can get their higher degrees.
Cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship
Recruit successful entrepreneurs and encourage and support them to start an informal network developed and led by themselves Host network events that bring together those with technical skills and those with business ideas. Develop a mentoring program for hands-on experiences for entrepreneurs. Use the network to identify what skills and assets they need to succeed.
Expand on entrepreneurship opportunities such as the annual E-Day (Entrepreneur Day) competition which involves both high school and JCC students, and the Junior Leadership Institute.
Working with Fort Drum, JCC and SBDC establish an incubator focused on making space available and also offering services and technical assistance for entrepreneurs looking to start a new business. The incubator should hold courses, "lunch and learns" and other networking events to help support entrepreneurs.
Establish or identify sources of a venture capital fund, angel investment or other sources of equity investment available to local entrepreneurs. These may include public or private funds. Recapitalize the County's microenterprise RLF through alternative sources. Advertise existing sources of funds.
Develop a more intensive mentoring program for small business owners that have been in business between one and two years and are in need of assistance to get from the original product idea and innovation to establishing a company and expanding their markets. Focus on production industries to expand markets and find growth potential. This should be a regional effort as that will increase available resources and bring more entrepreneurs together.
Former soldiers and their families are often potential entrepreneurs that want to remain in the area and have skills to develop niche business endeavors. Target business support services to this population.
The SBDC offers counseling and training as a core service to budding entrepreneurs. It helps with business planning, financial management, and human resource issues. Bring training business owners curriculum based on "innovation engineering" as a way to increase internal innovation and product development as provided by State Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.
The recent TIIC survey of seasonal residents indicated 4.5% were interested in owning and/or operating a local business. Market local business opportunities and services to second homeowners interested in starting or relocating their own business to Jefferson County.
The need to focus on manufacturing
Have first class amenities to support growth --- infrastructure, facilities, energy, etc.
Enhance quality of life advantages of the County to support local residents, workforce and to facilitate business investmetn