Talent Development and Retention


Why is this important?

The problem many organizations face today is not a shortage of people – it is a shortage of skills. According to a recent survey by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) 50 percent of CEOs see this lack of skills as a threat to the business. Technology advancements are increasing job complexity and the demand for a highly-skilled workforce. Specialized skills are becoming increasingly more important across all industries and geographies. Meanwhile, the competition for talent is growing fierce with the aging of the global population and the changing nature of work. Bottom line – talent supply is not meeting the demand for talent.

Kenosha is facing growing competition in the region for talented workers and knowledge-based jobs. Already, a growing number of Kenosha County’s highest earning and most skilled workers commute out of the county, especially to jobs in Lake and Cook County, Illinois. Attracting and retaining talent, especially younger professionals, will be key to Kenosha’s long-term economic vitality. Offering them high-level jobs is a challenge that must be met.

Vision of success

  • Kenosha County is a great place to live and work, no matter what your age
  • People are proud of the community and they want to stay
  • There is greater utilization of workforce training assets
  • Young professionals and new residents are fully engaged
  • There are highly collaborative relationship between businesses, workforce training and education communities

What’s already going on? How you someone get involved?

Gateway Technical College
Kenosha County Job Center
UW-Parkside & SBDC
Chamber of Commerce
Carthage College

United Hospital System, Xten Industries, LMI Packaging, ULINE, etc.

Other post-secondary institutions:
Herzing, Concordia, Cardinal Stritch
Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha