WISE Project

Creation of a Regional Talent Plan

The 7 Rivers Alliance will work with key stakeholders to develop workforce attraction and retention strategies for entry level to the C-Suite positions.  The regional talent plan will provide a blueprint for developing and strengthening internal and external employee pipelines to support current and future employers in the 7 Rivers Region.  The creation and implementation of a regional talent plan will help employers to fill jobs over the next 10 years. The plan will include the following elements:


  1. Vision: Creating a shared vision for the 7 Rivers Region provides direction for the numerous stakeholders who participate in and contribute to the workforce development systems in the 7 Rivers Region
  2. Goals: Working with stakeholders to identify the primary and supporting goals for the workforce strategy  helps to support and clarify the scope of the project.
  3. Communications: Unifying the work of numerous organizations into one master plan will require consistent and ongoing conversations and distribution of information
  4. Assets: Identifying and mapping regional assets is an important first step in developing a regional workforce strategy.  Stakeholders explore what can be accomplished by working together and sharing resources.
  5. Analysis: Labor market analytics allow for projections about how key sectors will fare over time and provide  gap projections for employment throughout the region.
  6. Framework: The process by which the wide range of possibilities become focused strategies of the most promising practices to fill the gaps identified by the asset mapping and analysis.  The framework with outline the focus, strategy and goals of the workforce plan.
  7. Initiatives: Priority projects will be identified to support each strategy in the framework . They are clear, measurable and engage stakeholders in the implementation of short and long term solutions with completion dates.
  8. Policies: The emerging themes and barriers to business growth will be identified through focused conversations with students, workers and employers.  The information gathered will guide the formation of policy recommendations that will be shared with state and federal agencies and elected officials.


Project Launch: October 1, 2016                            Project Completion: September 30, 2017


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WISE Work Groups


To learn morChin-chin Head shote about the different WISE Workgroups click on the link below!

WISE Work Groups


If you would like to be a part of any workgroup in the coming months, please contact Chin-Chin at

chin-chin@7riversalliance.org.   To view the locations and times of the meetings taking place next week, please click on the table below.


Table of CREC Meetings February 14- 16



WISE in the News!



7 Rivers Alliance planning for the next decade of workforce development 

October 3, 2016



Workforce development focus of LADCO forum 

October 14, 2016








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Nationally renowned economic consultants hired to help with 7 Rivers WISE plan

January 30, 2017




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Consultants help local employers prepare for future workforce

February 15, 2017





childcare summit


Childcare summit addresses needs

March, 21, 2017






Mark Your WISE Calendars

February 14-16, 2017

CREC visits throughout the region.  There are 14 scheduled sessions with over 120 employers. 


March 7-9, 2017

Workforce preparation, recruitment and retention workgroups meet with CREC.  There will also be regional focus groups for incumbent workers and college and high school students. 


March 21-23, 2017

Half-day planning summits to address the barriers to sustained employment:  Access to childcare, affordable housing and connecting regional transportation systems.



To participate in any of these events, please contact Chin-Chin Minniear, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, chin-chin@7riversalliance.org or 608.787.8777