LIMA — Various factors such as mobility, demographics and economic status have caused the current lack of participation in the regional labor force, which Thomas Mazur, executive director of the Lima/Allen County Regional Planning Commission, said needs to change.
There are approximately 380,000 people who live in the region, Mazur said. About 70 percent of people who live here work here.
“In a weird way, we are kind of our own worst enemies. We are stealing from the guys next door, and we are trying to lock that down,” Mazur said.
Mazur also said there is a lack of labor force participation from the 25-40 age range.
Approximately 65 percent of people over the age of 16 in the eight-county region are employed, Mazur said.
When it comes to retaining employees and recruiting new business leaders to the community, Kristi Clouse, executive director of operations at JobsOhio, said it is best for employers to think regionally.
“Business leaders have to be at the table in order to make an impact,” said Clouse. “Think about what strengths you have and how can you leverage those to make your business stronger.”
As far as recruiting younger talent to the area, Tina Verhoff, director of human resources at Lima Memorial Health System, said that the heath system has partnered up with regional schools, career centers and colleges to recruit natives back to the area once they have graduated.
“We continuously look for recruitment strategies that we can align with the local students as they move across the continuum of post secondary education,” said Verhoff. “We completely support and embrace the efforts of the greater Lima region to spot light the diverse career opportunities that we have here locally in our community and showcase the region on what the workforce has to offer.”
The Wake, Rattle and Roll committee has decided to change the name of Wake, Rattle and Roll to Real American Sunrise.
This program will help explore, discover and define the Great Lima Region, as well as help expand the community and provide a understanding of a neighborhood, according to Tim Standford, Wake, Rattle and Roll committee chairman.
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