STL.works: A Region’s Response to the Growing Workforce Crisis

Tuesday August 6, 2019

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

STL.works: A Region’s Response to the Growing Workforce Crisis
Giving St. Louisans the pathways to smart jobs and bright futures

(St. Louis, Missouri): The St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) and the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of STL.works to address the growing workforce crisis in our region. This campaign and web portal were developed, in collaboration with the RBC and key businesses, first to address the crisis of the growing skills gap and second to provide the St. Louis region with a strategic advantage in recruiting candidates into skilled careers in healthcare, technology, manufacturing and construction. The goal: to give St. Louisans an easier way to get the skills they need, to get the job they want and the future they deserve.

The nation is at a crossroads and St. Louis is no exception—we have a serious workforce crisis.50,000 people in St. Louis are unemployed and yet 200,000 jobs remain unfilled. St. Louis has come together to develop an innovative solution to address this issue. STL.works will increase the pipeline of candidates into high-demand, skilled positions in order to elevate St. Louis as one of the nation’s foremost cities for a diverse, skilled workforce to spur business growth and economic development.

“St. Louis is united to address the national crisis of the growing skills gap,” said Kathy Osborn, President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Business Council. “We must develop a robust, skilled workforce to keep our outstanding companies here and to attract other businesses to St. Louis.”

STL.Works Week will be held August 5 – 9 leading off with a press announcement and rally on August 6 introducing STL.Works, and highlighting a lineup of exciting workforce development events and opportunities including:
 STL.works campaign and web portal launch rally on Tuesday, August 6 at 10am at
America’s Center
 St. Louis Community College’s State of the St. Louis Workforce report release on
Wednesday, August 7
 The Metropolitan Urban League of St. Louis Urban Expo Job Fair on Friday, August 9 at America’s Center connecting job seekers with hundreds of employers from around the region

“As the Chairman and CEO of my business, I know how important a skilled workforce is to meeting the needs of employers,” said Tony Thompson, Chairman and CEO of Kwame Building Group. “As a St. Louisian, I want to be part of the solution to improve lives in our community, and enhance the economy for our region – and that’s why I’m proud to be a part of STL.works.”

STL.works is the result of a two-year-long collaborative effort led by the Regional Business Council and its Workforce Development Committee. Stakeholders from St. Louis educational institutions, local and state government officials, business leaders, and the broader St. Louis community have been instrumental in driving STL.works.

“STL.works is a great example of the community coming together to address a growing issue,” said Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent of Jennings School District, who served as emcee for the event.

STL.works is sponsored by the Regional Business Council (RBC), BJC HealthCare, Emerson, Explore St. Louis, McCarthy Holdings, Inc., Paric Corporation, St. Louis Community College, and SSM Health.

About the Regional Business Council (RBC): The Regional Business Council is a consortium of presidents and chief executive officers of large companies in St. Louis. The mission of the RBC is to unite and engage members to act on high-impact business, civic and philanthropic affairs for the betterment of the St. Louis region. www.stlrbc.org

About the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation: The St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation is an
educational organization founded by the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (d.b.a.
Explore St. Louis) for the purpose of unleashing St. Louis civic pride. Its mission is to create a
culture of confidence and competitiveness among St. Louis area residents to help propel growth in the region. www.stlouiscivicpride.org

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