Mount Wachusett Community College and the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) urgently request input from private sector representatives. The Mount is updating its Strategic Plan. The purpose of the Mount’s Strategic Plan is to chart the direction of academic and workforce programs over the next five years based on input from employers, community leaders, and other stakeholders. The college is interested in learning about how well they prepare the workforce for the regional job market, and where there are gaps between your workforce needs and the college’s preparation of the workforce.
MRPC is in the process of completing the Montachusett Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS for short.) The CEDS is a planning document that identifies opportunities for economic development as identified by private and public sector representatives. The document must be on file and updated periodically to enable the cities and towns in greater north central Massachusetts the opportunity to obtain grants from the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) to building industrial parks, refit existing buildings for job creation and retention purposes and for planning studies that lead to economic development projects.
The North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce, officials from the Mount and MRPC request your attendance at an upcoming round table discussion. Discussion points include:
- the characterization of economic assets and liabilities that limit economic growth
- top economic development opportunities for the Montachusett Region that should be identified and supported
- threats that are affecting the economic well-being of businesses in the region
The Mount and the MRPC are also very interested in better understanding the private sector’s needs in the area of job training. Themes that emerge from the four listening sessions to be held in the North Quabbin, Greater Gardner, Nashoba Valley, and North Central regions will be incorporated into the CEDS planning document.