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March 17, 2017
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For a seventh year, The Timken Company has been recognized among the most ethical institutions in the world by Ethisphere Instititute. The 2017 list includes 124 companies, on five continents, located in 19 countries. The ranking includes five areas of evaluation: ethics and compliance program, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance and leadership, innovation and reputation.
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Regional Workforce: the Present and the Future Needs

The Governor's Executive Workforce Board and the Office of Workforce Transition has issued a call for more local and regional collaboration between schools and businesses. The call, in December's publication of the report Building Ohio's Future Workforce[1], is underscored by a significant, yet often overlooked, fact. 

For the state's largest counties - like Stark - workforces are truly regional. According to the most recent Inflow and Outflow Report[2] from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 61,050 workers come into Stark each day from other counties. Stark County, in turn, sends 69,189 of its residents to work in other counties.

Thinking regionally was the key presentation at a recent Stark Development Board (SDB) trustees meeting. William Koehler, Director of Team NEO - an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio's residents - shared Team NEO's vision to build Northeastern Ohio's Competitiveness with a proactive approach. To attract new business and industry we need the capital, attractive sites and a high skilled workforce ready to start when prospective business leaders contact us. 
According to Koehler, one of the biggest issues in workforce development is supply and demand. With the constant evolution in the capacity of technology, there is a "SKILLS GAP" between what the new workforce needs and our workforce readiness. When asked about a recommendation regarding ways to close that gap, Koehler recommends that higher education and the business community play an even stronger role in connecting business to education acknowledging that there are strong collaborative partnerships already with career technical schools and community colleges similar to Stark State College. 
[3] See: Neil Irwin (2015) Why American Workers without Much Education are being Hammered in the New York Times
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