Escambia County Selected For New Workforce Initiative

March 19, 2019

FloridaWest today announced that Escambia County is one of five communities joining the Inclusive Development Network (IDN), an ambitious new initiative designed to advance inclusive workforce development within the selected regions through a focus on reaching underserved populations. Cleveland, Ohio; Corpus Christi, Texas; Coweta, Oklahoma; Spokane, Washington; and Pensacola, Florida, were selected from more than 35 applications for the Network’s first cohort of communities.

“Escambia County and Greater Pensacola are looking forward to a great future and we need that prosperity to include all of our citizens, “ said FloridaWest CEO, Scott Luth, “By participating in this innovative network, we can build a greater future for all of us.”

An initiative of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Inclusive Development Network will work to identify and implement strategies that reduce equity gaps in local workforce development. Participating communities were selected based on their geography and size, as well as their existing and proposed reach with underserved populations.

FloridaWest EDA will assemble a leadership team in partnership with Achieve Escambia and Careersource Escarosa that includes representatives from business and industry, education, government, and the community. Through a specialized planning process facilitated by CAEL, the leadership teams from the selected communities will hone inclusive workforce development strategies to create education, job and career opportunities for residents of all demographics.

Backed by grants from ECMC Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Inclusive Development Network will be supported by partnerships with national experts.

Cleveland, OH; Corpus Christi, TX; Coweta, OK; and Spokane, WA were selected along with Pensacola from more than 35 applications for the Network’s first cohort of communities.


One Response to “Escambia County Selected For New Workforce Initiative”

  1. George Smart on March 22nd, 2019 11:18 am

    Can a. retired Managment Analyst (Pensacola NAS) help in developing this program?

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