Springfield recognized for workforce development efforts

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Springfield was awarded the Community Resiliency Award by a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life in communities.

The award was presented during the 2020 EntreCon business and leadership conference hosted by Studer Community Institute.

Prior to the conference, the Studer Community Institute’s founder Quint Studer asked cities and towns to share some of the small, incremental steps they were taking to get stronger and more vibrant, according to a news release from the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

Springfield received the award for its efforts geared towards workforce development.

“Springfield’s plan resonates with one of my bedrock principles: talent follows investment and investment follows place,” Studer said in the news release.

“When a community is a great place to live, people will want to move there. When this happens, new companies will follow, which in turn attracts more talent. This is how vibrant communities happen: organically,” he added.

The criteria for the award centered on ideas and best practices that are easy to replicate and can generate a big impact, the news release stated.

“We are committed to a strong workforce development program that will serve us now and, in the future,” said Mike McDorman, the president and CEO of the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

“It’s a win-win because it helps employers get a workforce that is well trained. And it helps our citizens be ready for the workplace of the future. This is a great combination for a thriving economy,” he added.

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