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Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development was recognized by the Board of Larimer County Commissioners for receiving a prestigious award for their participation in a regional partnership in economic development.

Larimer County received the Silver Category Award from the International Economic Development Council [IEDC] for collaborating in the Talent 2.0 Regional Workforce Strategy. “Talent and workforce are an essential part of a healthy economy”, said Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Ann Hutchison. “As the region continues to grow, businesses and communities realize that the development, maintenance, and accessibility of a talented workforce is a top priority. Talent development is a team sport that required public, private, and educational institutions to work collaboratively to be successful.”

Talent 2.0  is a regional effort in Northern Colorado to produce a strong talent pipeline that supports employer’s current and future needs while providing upwardly mobile career options and opportunities.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and the year’s most influential leaders. IEDC in 2020 received over 500 submissions from four countries for 35 award categories.

“I think a lot of the success we have is due to the enthusiasm of the team members and Workforce Development Board that is very engaged and has outstanding members from so many sectors in Larimer County, and how you bring the board, the business community and education community together,” said Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson. “The work you do in the community has made our county such a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

The plan links economic development, workforce development, and elements from human services to yield better jobs, invests in people to fill those jobs, and creates an inclusive system to support members of our community to fully participate in the economy. “This effort was critical to maintaining our regional competitiveness in the pr-pandemic economy and is even more critical in the COVID-19 environment,” said Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Director Jacob Castillo.

“The Talent 2.0 Workforce Strategy is a shared vision to support and strengthen our community. Even in trying times, the important work and focus of talent is one that cannot be forgotten. In Northern Colorado, our business education and nonprofit partners take a hands-on approach to work collaboratively to build our healthy economy,” said City of Fort Collins Senior Economic Development Manager, and member of the Board of Directors for the IEDC.

The area partners who provide guidance and support to Talent 2.0 include the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Fort Collins Economic Health Department, City of Loveland Economic Development, Loveland Chamber of Commerce, One NoCo, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development, and the United Way of Larimer County.

Published on: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 3:10pm
Contact Details:

Jacob Castillo, Economic and Workforce Development Director, [970] 498-6605, 

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