A strong regional economy depends on a skilled workforce. MARC's workforce development program coordinates with numerous community partners on a wide variety of strategies designed to enhance workforce development in key industry sectors.
Regional Workforce Intelligence Network
The Regional Workforce Intelligence Network of Greater Kansas City is a regional workforce and economic data exchange system convened by MARC to encourage greater collaboration among the region's workforce data and information professionals.
RWIN is a collaboration of economic development professionals, one-stop centers, workforce centers, community colleges and universities that meets on a regular basis to share information on current workforce development activities. The network provides input on real-time labor market reports, sector partnership development and other workforce development activities in the region.
For more information on how to become involved or to join the Regional Workforce Intelligence Network, please contact Sheri Gonzales-Warren, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Pinkerton, email@example.com.
With initial funding from a two-year, $500,000 America Works Initiative grant from the Walmart Foundation, MARC launched the Regional Workforce Intelligence Network (RWIN) in 2011. Through the RWIN website, www.kcworkforce.com, MARC provides information to local agencies on existing and future jobs in the Kansas City region, skill requirements, skill gaps, training needs and opportunities for economic growth. In addition to the website, MARC shares economic and workforce data through a monthly electronic newsletter and the KCEconomy blog.
Regional industry sector reports are available for Health Care, Digital Storytelling, Manufacturing and the 2014 Education and Workforce Update.
RWIN also hosts an annual workforce summit for the region and convenes sector-based partnerships to promote a greater understanding of existing partnerships and workforce needs in the Kansas City region. These partnerships gather qualitative input from employers in a collaborative effort to identify sector-wide issues, and support the development of new relationships between workforce investment boards and community colleges to benefit firms in respective sectors. The key sectors being targeted include Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Architecture/Engineering/Construction, Telecom and Mobile Technology, and Finance and Insurance.
Learn more about MARC’s workforce development initiative and grant funded programs at http://www.marc.org/workforcedevelopment.