ECIDC to Host Manufacturing Roundtable to Address Workforce Skills Gap

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Workforce coalition, manufacturing and community partners will focus on industrial trades careers and partnership effectiveness.

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Small discussion groups will focus on ways to advance education-to-employment opportunities in the region and build local networks for technology careers.

The East Central Illinois Development Corporation (ECIDC), in partnership with a six community college consortium forming an East Central Illinois (ECI) Super Region, will host a Roundtable: Addressing Manufacturing Workforce Skill Needs, on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at The Keller Convention Center, 1202 N Keller Drive, Effingham. Exhibitor booths will open at noon, followed by presentations at 1:00 p.m.

This afternoon event will bring together manufacturers and community, business, education and economic development leaders to address workforce skill needs and opportunities related to industrial trades’ careers and build effective partnerships for increasing related community awareness.

Guest speakers will include experts from manufacturing and industrial trades, education, health care, government, and many more. Lake Land College President Dr. Josh Bullock and Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center President Dr. David Boulay are two of the featured guest speakers. Additional speakers with a broad spectrum of workforce expertise will address timely topics, including: community awareness and outreach to youth and their parents for manufacturing career opportunities, value of internships, and tools for developing successful business-education-community partnerships. Small discussion groups will focus on ways to advance education-to-employment opportunities in the region and build local networks for increasing technology careers

Gold level sponsors include: Decatur and Macon County Economic Development Corp., Illinois Manufacturers Association, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, Lake Land College, Richland Community College, and an electric cooperatives partnership including Shelby Electric, Prairie Power, Coles Moultrie Electric, Norris Electric, and Eastern Illini Electric Coop. Local Workforce Investment Area 23 is a silver level sponsor.

Exhibitors will include: AIDEX, Broadband Illinois, Business Solutions Center at Eastern Illinois University, LEGO Education, and Richland Community College.

Additional Partners supporting the eci Super Region include: Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, Consolidated Communications Fund for Economic Development and Community Leadership, Mattoon Area Community Foundation, Danville Community College, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Kaskaskia College, and Parkland College.     

Admission is free; however registration by October 24 is required. To register or for more information, please visit, or contact ECIDC Executive Director Jean Anne Grunloh at jgrunloh(at)lakeland(dot) or (217) 540-3517. A complete Roundtable Agenda is also available at

The ECI Super Region includes the six community college districts: Danville Community College, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Kaskaskia College, Lake Land College, Parkland College, and Richland Community College. This Coalition is dedicated to developing a trained industrial workforce and is comprised of leaders from the six community colleges, economic and workforce development agencies, K-12 education, regional planning commissions, area manufacturers and many more industrial trades and advanced technology stakeholders. Having a common goal among institutions that can assemble quickly and assist in meeting industrial sector employment needs is vital to advancing manufacturing throughout the region.


About East Central Illinois Development Corporation (ECIDC):
ECIDC, a nonprofit regional economic development organization, serves 11 counties (Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Crawford, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Moultrie, and Shelby) and is also serving as neutral facilitator for the eci Super Region.

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