What is an Industry Cluster?
Simply put, industry clusters are regional concentrations of related industries. Clusters consist of companies, suppliers and service providers, as well as government agencies and other institutions that provide education, training, information, research, and support to a regional economy.
Why are Industry Clusters important?
A cluster-based approach allows for industries and assets that are already present in a region and regional stakeholders to pursue initiatives to make those industries better, promote job creation, and support economic growth.
Who needs to be a part of the Cluster?
- Plant Managers/HR Directors
- Industry Associations
- Economic Development and Chambers of Commerce
- Career Center Business Service Representatives
- Community Colleges (Administrators/Department Representatives/Instructors)
- K-12 Representatives (especially Career Tech Directors/Councilors/Career Coaches/Educators)
- Youth Organizations
- Adult Education
- Vocational Rehabilitation Service Providers
- Training Providers
- Civic Leaders
How the Cluster Model Helps Business
In order to meet the growing need for businesses to hire and train skilled workers, we are partnering with the regional business and industry leaders to develop Industry Clusters. These clusters put the most influential people in their respective fields together in the same room to discuss ways to provide information on how to properly train and equip potential employees with skills that are prerequisites in being successful within each industry. Our Industry Clusters are an invaluable resource to our region in being sure we are providing opportunities to our citizens that are specific to the jobs and career to our communities.
The success of our workforce model is based on cluster engagement and direction. Even though our model is industry driven we still have a tremendous engagement with our education partners and service providers who are also engaged at all levels.
We are currently developing several clusters which meet regularly to focus on employment and training needs in the region. As needs are accessed, the clusters may form a task force to work on a particular project or initiative. If you would like to be involved on the front lines of workforce development then the industry sector clusters is where you need to engage. For more information on upcoming cluster meetings and to get involved, contact Katie Thomas, Business and Industry Relations Manager, at 334-268-0836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.