Talent Talks: Connecting Talent & Businesses Virtually

This month’s edition officially kicks off a new style of sharing more personalized perspectives for leaders within our community. Starting with Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works Administration for the City of Sioux Falls, and then Michelle Klobassa, Senior Architect for TSP, Inc., to Alex Deeter, a recent graduate of Southeast Tech and a newly hired civil technician for DGR Engineering, we dive deeper into how their interests have contributed to many community projects, such as the restoration of The State Theater on Phillips Avenue. 

We are also introducing new ways for us to support your employment efforts. Over the last few weeks, the talent engagement processes for businesses has shifted from in-person to virtual meetings via webinars and other technology tools. In the process, our businesses and our educational institutions have efficiently demonstrated the ability to adapt, to be nimble and to be continually supportive of our community.

In doing so, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation has also pivoted to enhance its talent programming initiatives to solidify the connectivity between talent and employers, to employ technology to engage our future workforce, and to continually share the most current and relevant best practices for workforce with all of our community partners. 


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Talent Talks: Talent Pathways to 2030

This year’s WIN in Workforce content focuses on the creation and development of strong employer branding and how this fundamental corporate strategy combines human resources and marketing tactics in order to set the foundation for businesses to attract and retain desirable talent that’s essential to their grow and expansion within the Sioux Falls Region.

Over the next nine months, we will use data analyzed from resources, such as Deloitte Human Capital and Gartner’s Human Capital Insights, to share what we feel are some of the best tools available for smaller organizations within our community to engage and effectively win the war for top talent within the upper North Central Region.

We have also surveyed 279 member organizations within our community to understand what they are doing to embed talent attraction and retention practices together, which internally requires cross-function teams to work effectively and in tandem together while balancing their own departmental priorities as we all work together to expand our labor market by 15,000 by 2021.


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Employer branding: Attracting a new generation of talent

It’s a persistent notion that all companies, large and small, are facing today: where will the next employee come from, and what can be done to retain a current employee?

In response to a tight job market marked by historically low unemployment rates and the need to meet employee expectations that are on the rise, the answer for some organizations seems to be as simple as bait on a fishing line: incentives.


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Amazon to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce

U.S. companies are increasingly paying up to retrain workers as new technologies transform the workplace and companies struggle to recruit talent in one of the hottest job markets in decades.

Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 0.50% is the latest example of a large employer committing to help its workers gain new skills. The online retailer said Thursday it plans to spend $700 million over about six years to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce as automation, machine learning and other technology upends the way many of its employees do their jobs.

Companies as varied as AT&T Inc., Walmart Inc., WMT 0.33% JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Accenture ACN -0.45% PLC have embarked on efforts to prepare workers for new roles. At a time of historically low unemployment, coupled with rapid digital transformation that requires high-tech job skills, more U.S. companies said they want to help their employees transition to new positions—and they have their bottom line squarely in focus.


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Five 2019 workforce trends to know now

As important as it is to understand viable career paths for talent and workforce, it’s also essential to understand the talent and workforce landscape today. What trends will contribute to our workforce success within the Sioux Falls region in winning the competitive war?  Is there any truth to saying that “Home is Where the Heart is,” and, thereby, do our college graduates desire to build careers close to their families? Do we really understand what today’s talent wants and expects from the modern workplace?

As part of our efforts to implement the year three goals of the Forward Sioux Falls Strategic Workforce Action Agenda, it is important to stress what we know about talent and workforce today.


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Workforce development priorities focus on drawing talent, educating for future needs

Kurt Loudenback knows what it’s like to have to hire dozens of people to keep a business growing. That’s what success has meant for Grand Prairie Foods, the company he and his wife, Valerie, have grown into a national provider of food products to the hospitality industry. About a year ago, there were 150 employees. Now, that number has grown to more than 200.


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