Good Jobs Here
Good Jobs Here is a broad-based effort to create, measure, execute, and foster economic growth and job creation in the Fredericksburg region. Utilizing a GO Virginia grant, GWRC has partnered with leading local organizations to create a shared understanding of current data, analysis, strengths and opportunities for this region.
In late 2019 and early 2020, GWRC undertook a strategic planning process to develop the Good Jobs Here Strategic Plan. GWRC and the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance (FRA) served as the backbone organization to identify and engage stakeholders, define the common goal, develop success metrics and tracking/reporting procedures, promote coordination of activities, and provide a forum for collaboration. We engaged stakeholders in three community events, detailed below. The resulting vision, goals, and full plan are below.
Vision: Through regional collaboration we will prepare and care for a diversified, skilled workforce that meets 21st century employer needs and is attractive to businesses and industries.
1. Create a strong and unique regional community identity.
2. Support existing and future businesses.
3. Increase vocational education and skilled trade capacity.
4. Support a good quality of life for our workforce.
In the Fall of 2019, Good Jobs Here held three events to discuss and determine how to bring good jobs to the region. These events examined how to create a community-based, region-wide plan to offer measurable strategic goals to create good jobs here.
1. Demographic Demolition: How a changing population is blowing up how we do business
This session featured Dr. Jim Johnson with the University of North Carolina School of Business. Dr. Johnson is frequently called upon for his analysis and entertaining but poignant presentations by Fortune 500 Companies, the National Conference of State Legislators, Governing Magazine, and Chambers across the country. He discussed disruptive demographic trends and how they will impact our future workforce nationwide, but also in the region. Agenda | Presentation: Six Disruptive Demographics
2. Understanding the Region: Who are we and what are our opportunities?
This session looked at some of the key demographics and opportunities related specifically to Planning District 16. This included a look at never before developed data on our workforce, including those who commute, and some unique opportunities we have as a region to develop and grow economically. It also included a special look at the portions of our population that are working but struggling, so we can be sure to include this population in our long terms plans for success. Agenda | Strengths & Challenges
3. Regions that Work: Learning from Others and Putting it All Together for Success!
In this session, we brought in other regions that have successfully joined together to foster greater economic growth that successfully harnesses what makes them unique. Then we gathered all that we had learned in the three sessions, and turned it into a common set of community-wide goals, with a special view as to how each individual and organization can best contribute to our economic success from our areas of strength and expertise.