WARSAW – The Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation (KEDCo)announced today, the launch of the organization’s talent initiative, which will promote talent attraction and retention in this thriving micropolitan community.
“Our team understands that talent is the new currency in economic development and we believe the career opportunities and quality of life in our community make Kosciusko County a standout Midwest location to live or work,” said KEDCo CEO Alan Tio in a news release.
“Our talent initiative will deliver a menu of services for individuals and employers alike that is unique to Kosciusko County,” he said.
Services in development include a talent pipeline project in collaboration with Indianapolis-based TMap, a carpooling project in collaboration with Commute with Enterprise, customized community tours and trailing partner/spouse support through a dual career recruitment program.
Danielle Rich recently joined KEDCo to develop and launch the talent initiative. In her role as KEDCo’s talent partner, Rich will coordinate with local and statewide partner organizations and serve as a single point of contact for individuals and employers to access KEDCo services.
“I applaud KEDCo for the organization’s focus on talent attraction and retention, which can make such a difference for the agribusiness and orthopedic device sectors that are well established here,” said Rich, “I’m excited about the opportunities ahead to work with individuals and employers to develop services that meet their needs and set our community apart as a place to live and work.”
KEDCo’s talent initiative will also support retention of the existing workforce, which will include support for individuals who are planning for the next steps in their career journey and networking opportunities for new transplants in the area, such as the Outside the Fishbowl meet-up.
Kosciusko County is a member of the 11-county Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, which has adopted the Road to One Million regional development plan that calls for an increase in the regional population of more than 200,000 residents by 2031.
“Kosciusko County has an important role to play in our region’s march toward reaching a population of one million residents,” said Tio, “We are doing our part to contribute toward this talent-focused plan by rethinking our approach to economic development.”
Launch of KEDCo’s talent initiative follows the development of capabilities focused on the agribusiness and medical device sectors, as well as community development and entrepreneurship. These initiatives support the organization’s new mission to convene, build and show the community’s economic growth resources.