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Event Recap: Cumberland County Workforce Collaborative Presents The Demographic Drought

On November 2nd, the Cumberland County Workforce Collaborative hosted a range of speakers addressing workforce issues and potential solutions and partnerships in our area.

This event was held to discuss the labor shortage we’re experiencing here and nationwide. Lightcast, the world’s leading authority on job skills, workforce talent, and labor market data, presented “The Demographic Drought” which analyzed past, present, and future workforces. The speaker also talked about the 7th Annual Talent Attraction Scorecard released last week and the rank of Cumberland County and other local counties in PA.

Lightcast’s data is constantly being updated, so if you’d like to receive a copy of the presentation they shared please reach out to Katie Gray, [email protected], to be connected.

A panel of local experts also discussed ways higher educational institutions can be adaptable, how new ways of thinking can impact industries hit the hardest by workforce issues and how we can work together to highlight best practices to help employers find workers.

View the slides from those presentations here:

Workforce development will continue to be a focus area for CAEDC. If you’re interested in learning more, please reach out to Katie Gray, CAEDC Workforce Development Manager at [email protected].

The event was hosted by Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, West Shore Chamber of Commerce and SCPA Works.


Janet Anderson, CAEDC’s Executive Director, and Ron Hetrick, Vice President, Staff Strategy and Senior Labor Economist with Lightcast, recently joined Michael Parks, WHP-580, to further discuss labor market analytics and the workforce needs in the region. Listen to the 30-minute podcast below.

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