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Thriving Rural Communities: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Talent

  • 07 Sep 2017
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Webinar

Thriving Rural Communities: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Talent

Date: September 7, 2017

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: September 7 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on September 6

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, August 28

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Rural communities face unique workforce challenges compared to their urban counterparts. Many workers are drawn to large cities where job offerings, networking opportunities, and social activities abound. Furthermore, businesses located in rural settings oftentimes struggle in reaching potential candidates due to their organization size or location in a lesser-known area. As a result, rural towns must take additional measures to appeal to new talent and promote the benefits of why existing talent should stay.

By implementing asset-based economic development initiatives, small towns have been able to increase their marketability, drive business, and strengthen their workforce. Fostering an enhanced quality of life through the investment of revitalization projects, utilization of natural resources, and promotion of low cost of living are just a few success tactics that have been used. Exploring ways to improve the business climate through worker incentives, entrepreneurial support, and more will also be essential.

Each community is different and must draw upon its unique set of assets to attract and retain talent. This webinar will focus on ways your small or rural community can attract and retain talent to remain competitive for economic growth.

Attend this webinar to learn the following:

• Workforce challenges specific to small and rural communities 
• Resources that can be leveraged to implement talent attraction and retention strategies 
• Marketing and communications strategies to increase your community’s visibility and attract talent


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