The Big Picure: Your Study. Your Vision. Your Plan for the City of Huntsville

Vision

  • There is sufficient locally-developed workforce to meet the needs of current and anticipated industry.

About

Huntsville has had incredible success in corporate recruitment and relocations, including being a beneficiary of BRAC consolidations. While importing a talented and skilled workforce is a significant positive for the regional economy, it is also important to ensure that homegrown talent is valued and retained as well. Having so many relocations to the local economy can be leveraged to enable residents to grow and evolve.

Actions

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    Initiate and support Business Plan Competition among all colleges and universities in the region for students in all majors. This will help expose college students to small business planning, could launch new businesses, and raise awareness about entrepreneurship.

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    Strengthen and formalize connections between small businesses and the career services departments of higher education institutions in the region. Facilitate meetings to gain better understanding of needs of both groups and how they can more successfully partner.

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    Increase local internship opportunities to benefit both students and small businesses.

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    Increase education about and exposure to entrepreneurship as a career to future workforce.

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    Expand entrepreneurship curriculum in local schools, at all levels of education: elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as colleges and universities.

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    Sponsor and participate in Lemonade Day, a national program teaching youth to start, own, and operate their own business; beginning with a lemonade stand.

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    Host events to connect regional college entrepreneurship club presidents with successful local, small business owners.

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    Work with local and regional industry/trade associations to determine skill standards and necessary credentialing programs needed at secondary and post-secondary educational institutions.

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    Set up specialized training programs jointly through the high schools and technical institutes to create workers with the skill sets required by local businesses and corporations.