Date: November 16, 2021
Council Bluffs, IA—Pottawattamie County today announced it has met all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community, demonstrating its commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, desirable to employers, economic developers and current and future citizens of the county.
The ACT® Work Ready Communities (ACT® WRC) initiative empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth by identifying skills gaps and quantifying the skill level of their workforce. Participants leverage the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®) to measure and close skills gaps and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.
To begin the certification process, Pottawattamie leaders attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp, an executive leadership and training program designed and led by ACT to initiate, deploy, and drive carefully tailored efforts to improve the county’s work readiness. Leaders met with local employers, policymakers, educators and economic developers to establish goals and build a sustainable WRC model to fit community needs.
“We are so very pleased to celebrate Pottawattamie County’s recognition as an ACT Work Ready Community! This accomplishment is the direct result of the collaborative efforts of many community partners, who continue to work with the local business community to provide the best services and resources possible. There is still work to do, but this is a significant accomplishment and one that will certainly help us get to where we want and need to be,” said Drew Kamp, President & CEO of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Congratulations to Pottawattamie for becoming an ACT Work Ready Community, and joining a growing list of counties dedicated to building a robust workforce,” said ACT Regional Manager of Workforce Initiatives, Tony Garife. “The efforts of the county leadership to achieve WRC certification will provide the community with a tremendous economic development advantage and help it stand out for its workforce development efforts.”