• Laborshed Study to be Conducted in Council Bluffs

    Katie Lippold, Project Manager
    Iowa Workforce Development
    1000 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319
    Telephone:  515-281-3035
    FAX:  515-281-9656

    Alicia Frieze
    Council Bluffs Area Chamber of
    149 W Broadway
    Telephone: 712-325-1000


    The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Council Bluffs area.  This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Council Bluffs’s workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns.
    The purpose of this Laborshed study is to measure the availability and characteristics of Council Bluffs area workers. Laborshed studies are useful tools for economic development teams and existing or prospective employers to understand the local labor market, make informed expansion and site selection decisions, and maintain/recruit a high quality workforce.
    The Laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals commuting into the Council Bluffs area for employment.  For the success of this study, we will be sending letters to employers in Council Bluffs asking that they provide us with aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes.  This reporting will give us an understanding of where each community’s workforce resides.
    Every year Iowa Workforce Development conducts Laborshed studies across the State. The results of each analysis are publicly available online at www.iowalmi.gov/laborshed.  If you have any questions about the Laborshed project, please contact Katie Lippold at 515-281-3035 or Alicia Frieze, with the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-325-1000.
    Thank you for your support and participation.