Although infrastructure is important to economic development, education and workforce training are the forces that raise skill levels and bring a higher quality of life. Specifically, most economic development professionals support educators, trainers, and others who acknowledge that education is the key to the transition from the “old” to the “new" economy. While the issues are complicated, workforce training has become a central objective in the economic development equation. This effort must be complemented by a reinforced workforce development initiative to deliver next generation skills to a transitioning workforce.
A vital link in economic development in any community is its educational system. A potential industry looks for an educated labor force and one that is expected to handle ongoing changes and demands. A sound structure for an excellent system is in place within the Planning District and its continued development must be strongly supported.