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Economic evidence created a sense of urgency for study | Expert column

By Krystal Searcy | Jun 23, 2019
So why is the Hampton Roads Community Foundation involved in workforce development? Shortly after my arrival as president and CEO in 2012, the foundation launched a community leadership initiative focused on regional economic competitiveness. The impetus was our growing concern…
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Local leaders are trying to solve Hampton Roads’ labor shortage

By Krystal Searcy | Jun 23, 2019
Hampton Roads employers face a labor shortage unlike the region has seen in decades. Without better educational and career development programs, the region may not be able to attract or retain key businesses, thereby affecting the entire local economy. A…
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Free forum to be held for discussing Hampton Roads workforce shortages, talent strategy

By Krystal Searcy | Jun 23, 2019
A new six-month study of the workforce gap and talent alignment strategy for Hampton Roads will be released at a free forum next week. The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Hampton Roads Workforce Council are hosting an “Understanding Hampton Roads”…
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Strategic approach to improving Hampton Roads’ talent pipeline

By Krystal Searcy | Jun 23, 2019
Efforts to strengthen the next generation workforce and create a more vibrant, diverse regional economy have been at the forefront of discussions among workforce development stakeholders — particularly as we face an unprecedented labor shortage. The business community’s need for…
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Hampton Roads workforce boards unite and switch focus to employers

By Krystal Searcy | Apr 2, 2019
Hampton Roads’ two workforce development boards are becoming a lot closer. The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Greater Peninsula Workforce Board are in the midst of a new collaborative effort, meeting together and connecting job seekers with employers. Additionally,…
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Business Notes for week of April 1

By Krystal Searcy | Mar 26, 2019
Awards and honors Erin Bonilla, owner of Bonilla Pet Photography, won the following awards at the Virginia Professional Photographers Association annual convention at the Newport News Marriott at City Center in February: Top 10 Photographer, a statewide award based on the highest…
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Job fair aims to connect employers with new talent

By Krystal Searcy | Feb 25, 2019
An upcoming Hampton Roads job fair could not only help young job seekers find a position, but aid area employers struggling to hire qualified workers as well. The Hampton Roads Workforce Council will be hosting the NextGen Opportunity Fair on…
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A Driving Force

By Krystal Searcy | Feb 21, 2019
Last September, Opportunity Inc. was rebranded as Hampton Roads Workforce Council, a name that would serve as an indicator of the organization’s immense impact on the region’s economy. “As the organization has continued to evolve and workforce development has become…
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New job site turns military transcript into résumé for Hampton Roads employers

By Krystal Searcy | Feb 5, 2019
By Kimberly Pierceall Staff writer Hampton Roads has long been in a unique position. Its economy remains largely dependent on the massive military presence within its geographic borders – some might say too dependent. So, one would think that would put private…
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