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					                               An initiative of the
                    Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
                   and the Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.




           Work Incentive and Disability
          Employment Grants Conference
                       Department of Labor
        Employment and Training Administration
                              May 29-31, 2002
“This project is funded in part by a grant/cooperative agreement with the
   Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and
         the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission”
Who is
     WORKFORCE ONE?
  Facilitator
  Catalyst
  Convener
Workforce One brings
all of the key players
together generating trust,
cooperation, and mutual
respect as workforce
issue are identified &
solutions are formed.
What is WORKFORCE
ONE?
 • A community-based, initiative of the Chamber
   the Greater Richmond Partnership, and the
   Richmond Regional Planning District established
   in 1998
 • Unites the business community, educators,
   training providers, job seekers and local
   organizations to identify the workforce
   development needs of the Greater Richmond
   region.
 • Catalyst that sparks the development of initiatives
   that address the specific needs.
The Ultimate Goal

 Facilitate the expansion of the Pool of
  Qualified Workers by Identifying and
  Communicating the Needs of the Business
  Community

 Facilitate the Expansion of the Pool of
  Qualified Workers by Improving Access to
  Workforce Information, Services and
  Opportunities
                         Economic
              Business   Development
                         (Chamber & GRP

                                            Jobseeker

Education &    Key Partners of a
 Training
               Workforce System
                                          Community
                                          Organizations
          Workforce
          Investment        Local
          Boards            Government
WORKFORCE ONE
Current Work

  • Community Action Groups

  • Industry Action Groups

  • Business Service Center supported by the
    Workforce Wizard, web based technology
Community Action Group Initiatives:

                                                MREN                      BLN
CAGs            Corrections
                                              Metro Richmond        Business Leadership
                                               Employment                 Network
                                                 Network




Sub-committees           Steering Committee    Steering Committee   Steering Committee

for CAGs                      Adult Issues

                          Business Advisory

                           Juvenile Issues



                       • Verizon TechnoTrain
                       • United Way
                       • Early Childhood Development Grant
Metro Regional Employment
        netWORK
        In partnership with the Greater
     Richmond Chamber of Commerce and
             WORKFORCE ONE
      “Where Richmond Works Together”
                    Metro
                    Richmond
                    Employment
                    NETWORK
            Your Workforce Connection...
 MISSION STATEMENT

  To enhance partnerships among
workforce development professionals
   and the business community.
      What is the netWORK?

• Coalition of over 25 public and private
  organizations.
• Forum for business to inform the public
  sector about their company and recruit
  potential employees.
• Opportunity for Job Developers and
  Employment Counselors to COORDINATE
• Services for business.
      Hire from alternative labor
               sources

•   Persons with disabilities
•   Down-sized/displaced workers
•   Economically disadvantaged persons
•   Mature workers
 The netWORK Advantages

• Cost-effective
  • Quick, easy access to screened, qualified candidates
  • Free with NO obligation

• Access to diverse labor sources

• Gain financial incentives
  • Access to applicable tax credits
  • Subsidized on-the-job training programs
        Contact Information

             WF1 website page
wf1.org/business_industry/business_industry_
                   mren.asp

       www.walkeref@drs.state.va.us
                   or
            (804) 662-7153
Business Leadership Network
                What is the BLN ?
• Employer led venture of the US Dept. of Labor
   – Office of Disability Employment Policy


• Promotes best practices to enhance employment
  opportunities for those who happen to have a
  disability
    Diversity policies that include people with disabilities
    Hiring practices that target candidates with disabilities


• Thomas Donohue, President / CEO of the US
  Chamber serves as Head CEO of the BLN
                     VABLN
• SunTrust Bank - Virginia’s lead company

• Corporate commitment to increase workforce
  diversity thru a letter of commitment

• Partner with VA Dept. of Rehab Services
  – Review accessibility and accommodation issues
    with employers and customers
  – Conduct internal sensitivity and awareness training
  – Outreach to applicant pool thru MREN
          Our Mission
Increasing workforce and marketplace
  diversity by including people with
              disabilities

            Our Vision
    A network of Best Practice
     Employers recognized as
   Virginia’s business resource to
    enhance the employment of
      people with disabilities
VABLN Membership and
    its Benefits
• Business Led Network • Offers Business Case –
                         speaks same business
                         language
• Workforce Diversity • Increase diversity to include
                         people with disabilities

• Marketplace           • Focus on products and
  expansion               services

• Best Practice         • Recognize and promote best
  Resources               practices
Contact Information

       USBLN
     www.usbln.com

          VABLN
e.mail: vabln@suntrust.com
      (866) 624-3502
      www.vabln.org
Industry Action Group Initiatives:


IAGs        Construction/
                                   IT    Manufacturers           Health
               Trades




Sub-committees               Marketing                    Gateway Group

for IAGs                                                Manufacturers Educ
                             Education                      Consortium
                                                           Apprenticeship
                                                            Committee

                                                     Plant Managers Group
The Business Service
Center Research
    • 15 Focus Groups
    • Representation from
      business, education &
      training, community,
      economic development,
      state & local government
    • Regional representation
Business Service Center
“Workforce Wizard”

   • Single point of contact for business and
     economic development
   • Provide the services business needs
   • Expand the pool of qualified workers
   • Facilitate and complement, not duplicate
   • Be financially self sufficient
Business Service Center
“Workforce Wizard”

    • Coordination of Recruitment Services
    • Coordination of Training Services
    • Dissemination of Labor Market
      Information
Business Service Center


                 Industry Action      Community
                     Groups          Action Groups

                        Workforce Wizard
                     (Business Service Center)

 Jobseeker                                                     VEC/WIB’s


                                   Business
Local
                                                           Community
Government
                                                           Organizations

                           Economic              Education/Training
     Recruitment/
                          Development             Providers Public
       Staffing
                                                    and Private
     Organizations
       How successful are
you at building partnerships with:

  Community organizations
 Local Chamber of Commerce
Dept. of Rehabilitative Services
Contact Information

          Patricia M. Walton
Senior Manager, Community Initiatives
            Workforce One
       201 East Franklin Street
        Richmond, VA 23219
      patricia.walton@grcc.com
             www.wf1.org
      www.workforcewizard.org

				
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