In October 2008, the Omaha Workforce Collaborative, a partnership between the Greater Omaha Chamber, Metropolitan Community College, Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, and the United Way of the Midlands, was formed to create a more effective workforce development system. During the last two years, the collaborative has studied best practices, developed, executed, and evaluated new workforce development pilots and used that information to develop a new model for workforce development. This model serves dual customers: business/industry seeking quality workers and individuals desiring quality jobs.
The result is a new organizational structure, Heartland Workforce Solutions, which has been established by Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle's office, the Omaha City Council and the Nebraska Department of Labor to oversee workforce development efforts in Douglas, Washington and Sarpy counties. Transitioning workforce development efforts to Heartland Workforce Solutions will begin Jan. 1 and should be completed July 1.
View the news release or the Omaha World-Herald article.