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Working Together to Solve Workforce Challenges in Longview: Part Two

 Heather Malone, vice president, Longview Economic Development Corporation

On April 25 we shared the first part of our interview with Heather Malone, vice president of Longview Economic Development Corporation in Texas. She spoke to us about her views on the workforce challenges affecting her community.

In part two of her interview, Heather talks about the top workforce challenges today, including how employers are modifying job descriptions to better fit the skills needed to fill open positions, rather than focusing on a bachelor’s degree requirement. Employers in the Longview region are also evaluating reentry programs to fit their labor needs as well as getting creative with employee supports, like childcare to fill jobs and support employees.

Watch the video to hear more from Heather about:
  • The top workforce challenges in the Longview region and what the Longview Economic Development Corporation and local employers are doing to overcome those challenges.
  • The workforce innovations that need to take place in the next five years for companies and employees to be successful.
  • Opportunities for educators and employers to work together in the community to upskill students for future jobs.

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