PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Understanding Your Workforce

  • 02/24/2016
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Webinar


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Understanding Your Workforce

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Workforce is one of the key issues facing economic developers.  This webinar will introduce economic development practitioners to the key sources of labor market information that will allow them to answer many of their critical workforce questions.  It will show economic development practitioners how to better understand their workforce, and then compare their workforce to other locations.  Key session topics during this training module include identifying your laborshed, understanding the staffing patterns of your key industries, comparing wages in key occupations in your region to those in competing locations, and determining which industries are hiring now and will be in the future.


Our speaker, Dr. Mark White, represents the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), a membership organization founded in 1961 that promotes excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods. C2ER accomplishes this mission by:

§  Conducting training, advocacy, and research

§  Delivering innovative products and services for researchers

§  Developing professional networks

C2ER's 500+ members span a broad range of specialty skills and collectively touch all aspects of community and economic development in the U.S. and Canada. They include research professionals from:

§  Chambers of Commerce

§  Economic Development Organizations

§  Government Agencies

§  Universities

§  Utility Companies

§  Workforce Development Boards

§  Community Development Organizations

§  Consultants and Data Providers

Dr. Mark White serves as Vice President of Research for the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness(CREC) – the organization that manages C2ER – where he has managed over two dozen economic and workforce development projects across the United States since arriving in 2004.

Prior to joining CREC, Dr. White completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the National University of Ireland’s Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) in Galway. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals in the field of regional development and economic geography, such as “Environment and Planning Analysis,” “European Urban and Regional Studies,” and “European Planning Studies.” He has also served as an instructor in World Geography and as a GIS / Cartographer at the University of Miami (FL).

Dr. White earned his PhD in International Studies, Economic Development (University of Miami), a MA in Geography from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a BA in Geography from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Workforce Development) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in PEDI’s Policies and Procedures.

*Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

This webinar is priced for participation by one individual.  Additional interested parties should register separately.

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