INDUSTRY CLUSTERS

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Industry Clusters are regional concentrations of industries that fuel our workforce. These clusters are comprised of companies, suppliers, service providers, government agencies, and institutions that provide education, training, information, research, and support to Southeast Alabama.

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INDUSTRY CLUSTERS

DRIVE BUSINESS

WHY ARE INDUSTRY CLUSTERS IMPORTANT?

A cluster-based approach allows for industries and assets that are already present in a region and regional stakeholders to pursue initiatives to make those industries better, promote job creation, and support economic growth.

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WHO NEEDS TO BE IN A CLUSTER:

  • Owner/CEO

  • Plant Managers/HR Directors

  • Industry Associations

  • Economic Development and Chambers of Commerce

  • Career Center Business Service Representatives

  • Community Colleges (Administrators/Department Representatives/Instructors)

  • K-12 Representatives (especially Career Tech Directors/Councilors/Career Coaches/Educators)

  • Youth Organizations

  • Adult Education

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Service Providers

  • Training Providers

  • Civic Leaders

HOW THE CLUSTER MODEL WILL HELP YOUR BUSINESS:

To meet the growing need for businesses to hire and train skilled workers, we partner with the regional business and industry leaders to develop Industry Clusters. These clusters put the most influential people in their respective fields together in the same room to discuss ways to provide information on how to properly train and equip potential employees with skills that are prerequisites in being successful within each industry. Our Industry Clusters are an invaluable resource to our region that ensures we provide opportunities to our citizens specific to our communities' jobs and careers.

 

The success of our workforce model is based on cluster engagement and direction. Though our model is industry-driven, we still have a tremendous engagement with our education partners and service providers, who also engage at all levels.

 

We are currently developing several clusters that meet regularly to focus on employment and training needs in our region. As needs are identified, each cluster may form a task force to work on a particular project or initiative. If you want to get involved on the front lines of workforce development, join an industry sector cluster. For more information on upcoming cluster meetings and to get involved, contact Katie Thomas, Business and Industry Relations Manager, at 334-268-0863 or kt@southeastalabamaworks.com.

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