Workforce improvement seen as key to attracting industry

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

 “The availability of skilled technicians — everything from CNC machinists to welders to chemical process operators — is vital to growing the region’s manufacturing base,” Connally said in the news release. "This council will raise awareness of these high-skill, high-wage careers and will work with education partners throughout the region to grow training programs to prepare future workers for this industry." Other goals for the council will be developed through input from members.

“An organization like this has been needed in our area for a long time, and we hope that local manufacturing companies and partners will see the advantages of being a part of it,” Bense said. “We can make a lot more progress together than we can alone.”

The council is open to manufacturers of all sizes in the Northwest Florida region, as well as affiliate members and vendors who have an interest in the economic success of manufacturers.

The first membership meeting will be held in September. For more information, visit the NWFMC website here.

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