Vol. 2, No. 1  |  First Quarter 2017
January 05, 2017
Making Taney County the best place to live, work and invest will take all of us.

The new year has arrived and we're coming in swinging, refreshed and ready to gear up for the 2017 season.

To help our community prepare for the challenges that face Taney County in the area of workforce development, attraction and retention, TCP is bringing employers, HR managers and community partners together for the Community Workforce Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 31

Jonas has mentioned that the issue of workforce development is a multi-year, multi-generational issue that can't be tackled by just one group, entity or individual. In order to move the needle on the workforce issues that face us, we must join together and work side by side to be successful. That's what the Community Workforce Summit will be all about - joining together to share resources and embark on projects that lead us to a sustainable labor shed and healthy economic growth. TCP is working toward creating a better Taney County not just for today, but for the generations to come.

I hope you will be able to join us for the Summit! We have some great programming planned to help equip all of us for 2017 and the years ahead. Register today and help us move the workforce needle in the Branson-lakes area.

To register and find more information on schedules and speakers for the Summit, visit  events.onpoint.com .

Heather Hardinger
Programs and Communications Director, Taney County Partnership
Unemployment numbers in Taney County were slightly lower in November 2016 at *4.4 % as they were at the same time in 2015 at *4.9%.  Highlights of the Ozark Regional Profile for the month show a slightly higher overall unemployment rate in Taney County than the rest of the region in addition to other economic indicators.  The overall unemployment rate for the Ozark Region in October 2016 was *3.5%.

Check out the  November 2016  Labor Market Summary of real time labor market analysis for the Ozark Region. This analysis is updated every 60 days.

 *Rates variable and subject to change

Register for the First-Annual Community Workforce Summit

Taney County Partnership will host a half-day  Community Workforce Summit  on  Tuesday, January 31 in an effort to bring the community together around the workforce challenges facing the Branson-Lakes area. The Summit will be held at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks.

Join us to identify upcoming trends in workforce development, including talent attraction and retention, empowering and developing the next generation of workers, and so much more.

Local employers, HR managers and community partners are encouraged to attend!

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with networking and exhibitors followed by relevant programming, including a panel discussion with area leaders in education, concluding with a luncheon and keynote speaker.

Visit the Summit website  for a schedule of events and lineup of presenters. Hope to see you there!



Ignite Branson Signature Event - Thursday, Jan. 19

Keep your eyes peeled for more information on the upcoming Ignite Branson event on January 19! 

The first signature event was held in October 2016 with around 80 local young professionals from the Branson-Lakes area in attendance. The group has grown since then with nearly 150 Branson young professional members!

Forward the information to your colleagues and peers who work with young professionals. Ignite Branson targets folks in the 21 to 40 age range, but don't let that keep you from joining in on a good time!
FREE Webinar: Reimagining a Performance Culture
Wednesday, January 11  |  1:00 p.m. CST

Burst the end of the year performance review bubble and have more conversations throughout the year. 

That's how Perkins+Will, an innovative professional services firm, approached the design and testing of a reimagined performance culture. Their research revealed a comprehensive performance culture is one that incorporates more frequent and higher quality conversations focused on performance, development and career. 

Join this Spotlight webinar and learn more about Perkins+Will's process for researching, testing, and making the final decision to move away from managing a performance review process and toward a culture that promotes a focus on a thriving career. 

During this session, attendees will: 
  • Understand the business needs that influence your decision to change performance management.
  • Discover new ways to test your hypothesis and make an informed implementation decision.
  • Understand the crucial role communication plays in the success of a new performance culture.
✔️  Register for the webinar   >>   http://bit.ly/2j6syKo

Ozark Region Workforce Development Board State of the Workforce Survey

The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Missouri Job Center and various Chambers of Commerce, is releasing the third-annual regional workforce survey to identify issues, challenges, and trends facing businesses and educators across the Ozarks region.  Local business owners, human resource managers, and area school superintendents are encouraged to participate.

The data obtained from the 2017 State of the Workforce Survey will help us to improve the quality of our local workforce, assist area businesses with talent recruitment and retention, effectively meet the needs of small and rural businesses, and prepare our high school and college students for tomorrow's jobs.

✔️ Take the 2017 Ozark Regional Workforce Survey! Expires Monday, Jan. 9.

>> You may access the Survey at www.WDB2017.com.

Survey results will be shared at the third annual MOmentum: State of the Workforce Luncheon on Feb. 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM. Registration is available at springfieldmo.gov/MOmentum

Contact Megan Short at 417-841-3386 with any questions regarding the survey or event.  For more information about Missouri Job Center services, call (417) 887-4343 or visit the Missouri Job Center online at www.springfieldmo.gov/careercenter .
Social Job Posting Checklist for Recruiters
Recruiting isn't what it used to be. And for most recruiters, that's a good thing. These days, there's less reading through stacks of formal resumes and cover letters, and more interacting with candidates on a casual - and often digital - basis.

Today's job seekers increasingly turn to social media to find and apply for jobs, which means companies can no longer rely on the "post and pray" method if they hope to recruit the best candidates. But with the right social media job posting strategies, growing businesses can dominate on social media. 

Several of these top social recruiting tools are features you can utilize on the OnPoint Career Finder , such as linking to applications that permit social profile uploads in your job post. We can also profile hard-to-fill jobs with a blog post to get more eyes on your workplace culture and job outlook for those positions. (reply to this email if you're interested in participating!)

✔️   Check out Workforce.com's Social Job Posting Checklist infographic to see how your social recruitment strategies stack up. Don't worry - it's a quick read!

✔️   And while you're at it, t urn your job posting into a non-stop magnet for highly suitable talent with these six tips on how to write a good job posting, courtesy of Brazen.
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