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The talent development strategy…

CONNECT by referring students and job seekers to local partners and mentors who can assist with job and career readiness
GROW by developing a local workforce of homegrown talent that can fill the needs of the employers in Allen County
THRIVE by cultivating a sustained pipeline of young talent with the right skills, ready for career opportunities with Allen County employers
linkLima-homeupdate_03The mission… to attract, develop, and retain an employer-ready local workforce with the right skills to fill the needs of local employers in all sectors.
linkLima-homeupdate_05The vision… to create such an abundant supply of local, employer-ready talent that it will sustain and nurture existing businesses while attracting new business to the region.
linkLima-homeupdate_07The focus… We are employer-centric and employer-focused, with the understanding that Allen County’s employers are its fuel for economic stability and growth.

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Link Lima Success Story: AEDG and OMJ-Allen County receive catalytic partnership award for Link Lima from Greater Ohio Policy Center

The Greater Ohio Policy Center recognizes and honors special contributions each year by organizations around the State of Ohio to local and regional growth. At an award ceremony at the Westin Columbus, Alison Goebel, executive director of the GOPC highlighted different ways policymakers and practitioners, concerned citizens and experts can contribute to Ohio’s long-term success.

This year, nominees for the Catalytic Partnership Award included the Downtown Akron Vision and Redevelopment Plan, the Cleveland RNC Host Committee, and Link Lima/Allen County, the region’s workforce development strategy.

Link Lima/Allen County was selected by the GOPC for the 2017 Catalytic Partnership Award, recognizing the work that has occurred in our region by Allen Economic Development Group, OhioMeansJobs-Allen County, and the hundreds of employers participating in the Link Lima workforce development efforts designed to address the workforce needs of local employers.

In attendance to receive the award from the Greater Ohio Policy Center were Jeff Sprague, President/CEO of Allen Economic Development Group, Joe Patton, workforce director for OhioMeansJobs-Allen County, and Doug Arthur, program director of Link Lima.

Students drive down the automotive highway with Kalida Manufacturing Inc.

Arranged by Link Lima Site Visit Program KMI welcomed 19 Pandora-Gilboa High School students to tour their plant and learn more about the local opportunities in manufacturing.

Dull, dark and dingy no more, Brian Niese, KMI Assistant VP is putting that stereotype in the past, “We hope that experiences like this will break the myths of what manufacturing centers look like. It is good for them to see that this is not a dark, dingy place, but is an opportunity filled with technological advancement. We hope to do more of this very thing in the future.”

Students toured the recently expanded 92 acre operations facility with Brian Niese (Assistant VP), Scott Schirk (Representative) and Amy Bailey (HR Administrative Assistant). The plant produces high-quality parts for vehicles and uses technology that consists of robotic welding, stamping and subassembly of automotive frame components for the automotive industry. The KMI family consists of 500+ and growing.

The company is passionate about introducing students to the world of skilled manufacturing and showing them that there is a variety of employment opportunities available here in Allen County. Says Ms. Jessica Klass, Science and Engineering teacher who accompanied the students on the visit, “This was an extremely valuable day for our students. It helps them to begin to narrow their focus for their future. We are thankful for the willingness of businesses like KMI to open their doors so students can see the opportunities that are out there for them.”

ABOUT THE LINK LIMA SITE VISIT PROGRAM – The Link Lima workforce development framework and Site Visit program are hosted by Allen Economic Development Group, and were built to connect employers with available and upcoming talent. The goal is to better align state programs, education and training curricula and other resources serving employers and jobseekers. For more information, contact Tracy Hollar, Allen Economic Development Group, 419-222-7706.

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What is Real American Strength?

It’s the MAKER community in Lima/Allen County. Link Lima is here to help create the pathway connecting employers with a qualified workforce for a sustainable future in Lima/Allen County.”
Looking for a job? Want to speak to someone now? Call us at 419-999-0360 and tell us you are interested in manufacturing or another industry. We’ll get you on the right path to finding your new dream job.

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