I spend a great deal of time throughout the year talking with you, our members, about your strategic priorities. It’s important for me to hear directly from you about what you need from us. This year, you are telling us that your top priorities are: talent shortages within your organizations; dealing with inflationary impacts; workplace culture/employee engagement; and continuing to invest in your diversity/inclusion priorities.
That first priority was the genesis for our inaugural Career Connect Day in late October. Our vision was to introduce high school sophomores to companies and potential career path opportunities. The day brought together almost 1900 students and 100 companies. Organized along the career pathways as laid out by the Minnesota Department of Education, Career Connect Day creates an introductory, exploratory, and fun day for students to be exposed to new career ideas, new brands, and the people actually doing the work already. I am so thrilled with how the day played out. What a great accomplishment for all of us. Thanks to everyone on the Chamber team, within the school districts, and the participating/sponsoring employers for making the day such a great success.
Next year? With the encouragement from employers and the Ramsey County Workforce Innovation Board, we plan to make this a 2-day event: day 1 for students, and day 2 for adults looking for retraining, internships or second careers. Please stay tuned and be sure to engage – we plan for this to become a perennial event, in service to the entire region.
On a side note: because I admire Bill Lindeke and how he thinks, I wanted to flag for you this fun interview here. As it turns out, he “believes St. Paul is the better twin!”
See you in the trenches.
Dakota County: There is a significant backlog of criminal cases in the Dakota County District Court. The backlog was caused by the inability to conduct jury trials and other hearing types for a significant period dating back to March 16, 2020. Dakota County authorized the use of American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to add 3.0 FTE To County Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in response to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic and amend County Attorney's Office and non-departmental 2021 budgets.
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