Moberly Area EDC Commissions Workforce Study

Moberly, Missouri – The Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC) recently retained the Growth Services Group (GSG), a national workforce intelligence and consulting firm, to conduct a Labor Commuting Certification for the community. MAEDC is a multi-county partnership in Northeast Missouri representing Randolph, Howard and Monroe counties. The Labor Commuting Certification provides an overview of the Commuting Worker Flows and the sources, destinations and characteristics for the MAEDC Region. The reports commissioned for MAEDC will be unique in their approach. The commuting patterns of the region and the individual counties will be examined to provide a more comprehensive report.

The primary goal for the report is to assist the MAEDC region and the larger labor market and to communicate Live/Work information clearly and effectively through graphical means and address the ongoing development and workforce needs of the area employers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders. The focus is to show the MAEDC region as a leading labor magnet in the 60-mile radius and to identify the sources, destinations and characteristics of the workforce and where they live and work.

“In rural communities, a commuting report is essential to winning projects,” said Michael Bugalski of the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation. “Site selectors and businesses need to know where their potential employees are, and if you are unfamiliar with the MAEDC Region this study validates our area as a labor draw. Without it, we are uncompetitive for not only large attraction projects, but also existing business expansions.” Mr. Bugalski shared his enthusiasm for working with GSG again, “We have worked with GSG for several years and have always been impressed with their quality and service. We look forward to completing another project with them and hopefully continuing our relationship in the future.”

The availability, skills, talents and education of an area’s workforce is becoming more and more a community’s most important asset for economic activity. This profile is about measuring and quantifying workforce availability in a laborshed from which the employment center draws its commuting workers, with data drawn from the US Census.

The Report is used to assist local major employers as well as those looking to make new investment in the region by providing a clear understanding of the availability of skilled labor in the laborshed. An important first step in identifying local labor markets is to examine the commuting patterns of individuals who live or work in an area.

Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation works to promote financial investment in Randolph, Monroe and Howard Counties. For more information on the organization, please visit their website at http://www.moberly-edc.com

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