GGEDC issues Final Report on Economic Roundtable
28 Mar 2018
Recommendations Target Workforce Development in the Construction, Logistics, and Manufacturing Sectors
Gallup, NM – Today, the planning committee for the Economic Roundtable on Workforce Development in the Construction, Logistics, and Manufacturing Sectors, formed by Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC) and the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments (NWNMCOG), released the final report outlining recommendations to strengthen workforce development efforts in the construction, logistics and manufacturing sectors of McKinley County. The final report expands on the economic roundtable held in January 2018, where 56 public and private sector leaders from Gallup and McKinley County, as well as from state, tribal, academic and nonprofit agencies gathered to identify action strategies and specific investments of talent and resources needed to overcome barriers and achieve new breakthroughs in building a high-quality, employable workforce pipeline into the trades and professions of the three core economic-base industries in the Greater Gallup region.
Recommendations made in the final report included the following:
- Formalize Public-Private Partnerships – to increase opportunities for apprenticeships, internships, mentorships, and on the job training in McKinley County.
- Reprioritize and Develop New Occupation Pipelines – to meet the workforce needs of existing employers in McKinley County.
- Establish a Mobile Jobs Database – to increase connections between employers and potential employees in McKinley County.
"The final report presents recommendations that will help us make real, lasting change in McKinley County with workforce development, and through the Economic Roundtable series, GGEDC is committed to implementing them," said GGEDC Executive Director Patty Lundstrom. "We’ve already made progress, but there is more work ahead of us. In the coming weeks, we will review these recommendations with our partners in more detail. And we will take appropriate action that will continue to improve the quality and skills of the local workforce.”
GGEDC Economic Roundtable Series
An economic roundtable is a form of facilitated discussion, bringing subject matter experts and moderators together with leaders in the community to build shared knowledge on critical economic development issues of the day and generate new solutions to advance the greater Gallup economy. Participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and analyze. Each person is given equal right to participate. Methods of facilitation, such as the “bar camp” approach, are used to create an environment of shared learning as participants are broken into small groups who rotate and engage subject matter experts to develop recommendations for implementation. Since 2014, GGEDC has conducted eight economic roundtables.