Innovative Program Tackles Workforce Shortage
By Ann Craig-Cinnamon
Today’s historically low unemployment rate is great for the economy and for the average person looking for work, but it presents a challenge for businesses. It can be difficult to find qualified people in many fields and jobs often go unfilled. That’s where a new program in Hamilton County comes in.
The Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network, or HC-WIN got its start through a grant from the state of Indiana and is in its infancy. Dan Canan, a former three-term mayor of Muncie, is the Executive Director of the new project. Canan knows a lot about the needs of businesses in Hamilton County after spending almost a decade as President and CEO of the Fishers Chamber of Commerce and then as Vice President of OneZone, the combined Fishers and Carmel Chambers.
Canan says one of the biggest needs the Hamilton County economy has is workforce. “When you have a community that is growing and you have an economy that is growing and businesses that are growing and you have people that want to live here, all of that requires workforce to meet that demand,” he says adding, “It’s no secret that across the country there is a lack of workforce and certainly that exists in Hamilton County at all levels.”