The community investment world received a boost yesterday as a number of companies announced an increase in giving as a result of the tax plan passed by Congress. As I read the announcements, two trends came into focus—people and community.
For years, there has been a disconnect between what businesses want new employees to know before they show up for work and what the applicant pool actually knows. The TPM initiative puts employers in the driver’s seat of workforce partnerships for demand-driven workforce solutions. And it’s working for states like Houston, Kansas, and Kentucky, with success stories from Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, and Arizona soon to come.
MAGNET, an Ohio MEP that recognized the growing need for high school graduates with STEM skills in order to sustain the manufacturing economy in Ohio, created an employer-led pre-apprenticeship program aligned with the Ohio Department of Education College and Career readiness graduation standards, and partnered with local public education and local employers.
At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, we understand the critical role of the private sector in creating vibrant communities. From community engagement to providing jobs—the strength of a locale and its people is directly tied to the strength of private sector investments.
One of the things I love about Atlanta, Chick-fil-A’s hometown, is that it’s a city of neighborhoods—each with its own unique history, character, and charm.
Berkshire Bank is known for our unique culture and entrepreneurial approach to helping customers reach life’s exciting milestones. “Life is exciting. Let us help.” is more than a marketing slogan. It’s our conviction.
While most of the rhetoric around conscious capitalism in the United States focuses on big businesses and startups, mid-market companies, with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion dollars per year, account for a third of US gross domestic product (GDP).