Workforce Development and Economic Analysis

Aligning industry needs and worker skills.

Many workers are unemployed or underemployed. At the same time, about 70 percent of companies report that they have trouble finding qualified workers to fill open positions. We're here to help your community align workforce supply and demand to strengthen the economic prospects of individuals, companies and the community. We'll start by gathering data about employers, residents and educational institutions to identify local strengths and needs. Then we'll guide you through the different workforce development models available and help you implement the right initiatives and policies for your community.


We'll start where you are and take you where you want to go.

  • Labor market analyses and profiles.
  • Research into workforce development models and strategies.
  • Integration of workforce initiatives into community and economic development efforts.
  • Policy development to align workforce supply and demand.


We work with:

  • Local governments.
  • State and federal agencies.
  • Educational institutions.
  • Nonprofit organizations.


We bring to the table a deep understanding of both global economic forces and the particular needs of small- and mid-sized communities in Illinois. Our team of survey researchers, data analysts and policy experts work together to guide you through the workforce development process from start to finish.


Brian Richard
Assistant Director

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