Friday, March 23, 2007

Shortage of Workers

A shortage of workers was one of the trends that we identified in our annual top 10 trends for the agurbs in 2007. In January I wrote, “Labor Shortage—Quickly developing into a major impediment in many rural towns. Some are starting to tap into their “brain banks” of former residents to solve.”

In the past week, I’ve had two different economic developers from two different parts of the country email me, looking for help on trying to find workers and residents for their booming agurbs®. A seminar I attended two weeks ago also stressed the future problem that much of the USA will face in the near future on this shortage of highly skilled workers.

Put it on your strategic planning agenda. This shortage of skilled workers is growing in importance and with the retiring baby boomers will only get worse.

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