Melissa Calandra has been teaching at John Kennedy Intermediate School in Batavia for 19 years in both second and fourth-grade. Some of the children she taught are likely in upper management roles at banks today. Some of them are probably chefs in a restaurant. Some on an assembly line. Some farmers. Some might even be teachers themselves. And, unfortunately, some of them are almost certainly out of work.
A region’s ability to demonstrate the availability of talented workers has become increasingly essential to all economic development activities. The availability of current and local labor data is critical when answering labor-related questions when courting prospective companies considering relocation to a community. In fact, Area Development 2015-2016 Corporate Survey illustrates the importance corporations place on labor when making location decisions. The availability of skilled labor, is considered “very important” or “important” by 100 percent of the respondents this year.