The Economic Workforce Development Division strives to:
- Be recognized as a region that thinks and works together regardless of geographic boundaries
- Create and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation
- Create new and expand existing economic development programs that will lead to the creation of new jobs, additional wealth, higher wages and a better quality of life for the region
- Develop and support a long-range workforce program that will increase workforce participation rates, encourage educational excellence and train the workforce of the future
SMPDD offers technical assistance to counties and cities in support of their individual economic development initiatives. SMPDD’s project coordinators can assist communities with site selection responses, leveraging of financial resources and general strategic planning. Recognizing the importance of existing business and industry, SMPDD also has resource teams who can conduct outreach activities with private enterprise. These teams can serve as advocates for local business and help address long-term and short-term needs.