The winner of the 2015 Creative Give Back is Cabarrus Regional Chamber and EDC. Their proposal to attract more females into non-traditional jobs addresses a workforce challenge and has the potential to be replicated. Excerpts from the Cabarrus proposal explains the challenge their community is facing.
“Some of our newest announced logistics companies are telling us that they do not have enough females. After a very thorough discussion with (company), the General Manager said that she really needed to attract more women to their production lines and engineering efforts. (Company) has said that they want to hire more women in their traditionally male positions. We would like to be a part of an effort to educate … graduates that don’t seem to know what they would like to do or how to make a sustainable wage for themselves. So many of them just end up at fast food restaurants when they could be learning production skills or … logistics training.”
The Cabarrus Regional Chamber and EDC proposal fits the Give Back criteria well. It is innovative, will have a meaningful impact on the community, has the ability to be replicated, and will be a fun challenge.
Thanks to everyone who applied for the 2015 Creative Give Back. Proposals were outstanding this year. The panel reviewed a wide range of creative, unique, and impactful economic development projects. They had a hard time making a decision! We are offering feedback to applicants that were not chosen on how their projects can go forward on a different path.
Also, a BIG thanks to our 2015 Creative Give Back Panel who selected this year’s winner:
- Derek Churchill, Moss Construction, www.mosscm.com
- Leigh Ann Howe, Applied Marketing Sciences, www.appliedmktg.com
- Jonathan Morgan, UNC School of Government, www.sog.unc.edu
The Creative Give Back is Creative Economic Development Consulting’s way to give back to the field of economic development. We commit up to $25,000 of our services to the Give Back Project. 2015 is our second year of what we hope to be many years of giving back to the wonderful profession we love. Look for 2016’s application process to be announced January 1.
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