The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has recognized Greater Spokane Incorporated’s (GSI) work in education and workforce as a national case study.
GSI joined six other communities in being recognized.
As a business-focused organization, GSI realizes the importance of a good education in creating a strong business community. That’s why GSI supports a community goal of having at least 60 percent of adults in Spokane County having achieved at least a certificate, two-year degree or greater by 2025.
“This national recognition is the result of the community working together to take advantage of the opportunity to do something special,” said Alisha Benson, GSI’s Vice President of Education and Workforce. “While there is still a lot of work to do, the programs and partners we have at GSI are working to increase education attainment, not just for the benefit of the business community, but the broader community as well.”
GSI helps to prepare our future workforce through a number of programs:
GSI also works closely with a number of area organizations to connect the business and education communities:
GSI was also named an inaugural Education Attainment Fellow by ACCE. GSI joins 21 other organizations in developing regional action plans to increase education attainment.
Working with area school districts and higher education institutions is important to connect the business and education communities. GSI’s K-12 Roundtable and Higher Education Leadership Group engage business and education representatives in important policy, economic development and communication discussions throughout the year.
In addition, GSI is tasked with recruiting businesses to the Spokane region. Businesses looking at the greater Spokane area focus on the available talent to hire in the region. GSI’s work in education and workforce helps prepare area students for jobs that need to be filled in high-demand industries.