Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | September 2023


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Utilizing data in effective ways is a key element of the Workforce Innovation Center’s approach to helping employers solve their most pressing workforce challenges and helping to improve our community for the people in it. Within our consulting practice, we do that for each client, focused on their own unique circumstances and helping them navigate towards solutions.

In our latest blog post, WIC Lead Consultant Erin Bledsoe breaks down how we leverage data to help clients build sustainable practices to better understand their current state as they work to create an improved future state. We are here to help you as an employer go beyond perceptions to identify what might be truly happening within your organization.


Within our community, we also leverage data that is broadly available to better understand where we are and how we compare to our regional peers. Tuesday morning, the Center for Research and Data released its 2023 State of the Region report full of information about data and trends related to where we are and how we might set goals to improve as a region. One key element from the report is the need for us to grow our population, which is one important element of the region’s workforce needs.


To that end, the Cincinnati Chamber is looking for your feedback about what we should prioritize as we begin a new strategic plan in January of 2024. If you would like to weigh in on where we should focus, please take this brief survey. As a stakeholder of the Workforce Innovation Center, your perspective is valuable and will help us continue to move forward.


Finally, if you are interested in data-driven solutions to your talent attraction and retention challenges, connect with us to transform how your business uses its employee data.

Audrey Treasure

Audrey Treasure

Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center


United Way of Greater Cincinnati

United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) fights for the economic well-being of all people in Greater Cincinnati so our entire community can thrive – now and in the future. We are building off a century of service with a fresh perspective on improving outcomes. Our approach is data-driven and community-informed. We take action, advocate and invest to address systemic barriers that keep families from thriving. UWGC’s pathway to progress focuses on three key areas:

  • Educational Success
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Housing Security

As one of the region’s largest nonprofit organizations, UWGC is uniquely positioned to affect community-wide change, but we cannot do it alone. We collaborate with donors, grantees, civic leaders, policymakers and communities to address urgent needs and innovate sustainable solutions.

Our partnership with the Cincinnati Chamber and investment in the Workforce Innovation Center aligns with our commitment to support generational well-being throughout the region. Discover more about UWGC initiatives, our mission and rich history of service in Greater Cincinnati on our website.

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Chamber U Summit: Market Disruption | October 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chamber U will bring together business leaders and university students to spend part of the day networking together, while learning about the evolving landscape of our marketplace. This year’s sessions will focus on some of the ideas, people, and businesses who are disrupting different markets, including keynote Alex Soojung-Kim Pang from 4 Day Week Global, which is currently conducting the world's largest study on the effects of a four-day work week.

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The ChangingGears Vehicle Purchase Program is an innovative solution that provides access to affordable transportation for people who are working toward prosperity. With the freedom that comes with private transportation, job retention dramatically increases, and clients are able to increase their income, save time and better support their families.

Our mission is to EMPOWER people who are working towards prosperity by providing affordable transportation solutions. Learn more about our work on our website.

Pictured Above: Marissa graduated from CityLink and is now on staff there as the Operations Support Coordinator! It means so much that she can have her own private transportation to get to and from her new job. Marissa is also a mom of three so driving her children in her new minivan is something she is excited about!


Cincinnati area advanced manufacturing employers turn to co-ops to fill job gaps | Cincinnati Business Courier

Child care is about to get more expensive, as federal funds dry up | The Washington Post

Survey: 89% of American workforce prefer 4-day workweeks, remote work or hybrid work | Bankrate

What leaders can learn from the UAW strikes about communicating pay decisions | Fortune

Poverty Rate Soared in 2022 as Aid Ended and Prices Rose | The New York Times

U.S. Incomes Fall for Third Straight Year | The Wall Street Journal

Some employees are destroying value. Others are building it. Do you know the difference? | McKinsey & Company

Bank of America to raise minimum wage to $23 an hour in October | CNBC

Top 10 Companies That Treat Employees Best | JUST Capital

Worker shortages hitting these five professions | FOX Business