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Workforce recruitment initiative launched recruiting Manitowoc, Calumet, Sheboygan County recent high school graduates

1,200 jobs available NOW

Sheboygan County – With over 1,200 jobs available at the present time and many local employers unable to find adequate workforce, Sheboygan County Economic Development Partnership (SCEDC) has launched a campaign to connect local employers with prospective new employees. “We have companies telling us at the present time about challenges expanding locally due to lack of workforce,” stated SCEDC’s Director Dane Checolinski. “Our plan is to reach recent high school graduates from about a 30 mile radius to make them aware of the jobs that are available locally.” The plan was announced by Checolinski at the SCEDC Annual Meeting on November 19.

Posted by SCEDC on 25 November 2014

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Sheboygan County employment is the fastest growing on the Lakeshore, over triple Wisconsin’s average

Sheboygan County – According to the data announced by Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Sheboygan County’s employment levels are at the highest point in four years. County employer’s payrolls have added nearly 3,000 hires since 2011, continuing a consistent growth trend. As a result, many Sheboygan County companies are seeking workforce and are willing to train and provide significant starting wages and benefits.

Posted by SCEDC on 6 November 2014

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Local job opportunities abound as unemployment plummets

Not working currently? With economic recovery and positive employment trends now at play in Sheboygan County, capable citizens who are not employed should take another look at the local job market. Recent facts show a consistent upward economic trend in our area.

Posted by Dane Checolinski, SCEDC on 26 October 2014

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The untold story: How to find meaningful employment in one year

Local companies need hundreds of workers, as I wrote in my March 2nd column. If you’re seeking employment, these three steps can help. Hiring practices differ from one firm to another, but this advice is based on trends in our local employment environment. I advocate this not because it’s simple or fair, but because it can help jobseekers succeed.

Posted by on 8 October 2014

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Amsterdam Dunes Purchase Complete

Sheboygan County along with its partner, the Glacial Lakes Conservancy (GLC), closed on the Amsterdam Dunes property today.  The 333 acre purchase will establish a Wetland Mitigation Bank and Preservation Area.  The property is located along Lake Michigan in the Town of Holland and is one of the few remaining undeveloped beach shorelines between Sheboygan and Chicago.   The property contains a total of seven contiguous parcels and is comprised of rare sand dunes, forest and wetlands of various types, bluffs, farmland, streams and diverse plants and wildlife.  There is 1,920 feet of frontage along Lake Michigan, and a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Raptor Research Station is directly contiguous to the property. 

Posted by Sheboygan County on 12 September 2014

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Housing analysis reveals need

Demand for residential development continues to grow in our area, spurred by demographics and employment trends. This is especially true for new market-rate multifamily (apartment) units appealing to young professionals and empty-nest “Baby Boomers.”

Posted by Dane Checolinski, Director on 22 August 2014

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Selling in Sheboygan County can reap rewards for all

Ambassadors of Sheboygan County. It’s what each of us are, whether we realize it or not. Our actions, both as individuals and collectively, help define our community, and importantly, whether people new to our area choose to live where they work.
About one in seven persons employed in Sheboygan County do not reside here. Most of these individuals commute from Ozaukee and Manitowoc Counties. This means that about 14% of the gross annual wages earned by working in Sheboygan County businesses are spent else ware.  And surprisingly, even the perceptions our out-of-town co-workers have on our local economy is significant.
Keeping more locally earned wages spent locally can benefit us all. But what can Sheboygan County citizens do to encourage local living? A lot.
Consider that people often pull up stakes and relocate to pursue better opportunities in their career and education for their children and overall quality of life. Many area companies in their search for talent bring in professionals and skilled workers from all over the world. Many individuals relocating to our area typically rent housing for six months to a year before purchasing a home. They rent to learn the “lay of the land” before committing to a community. They often explore different neighborhoods to find the right fit, a place they feel welcomed, supported and at home. In addition, those with families may look to purchase a home in a community that boasts top schools for their children.
And herein lies the rub: For these folks, a daily commute to Green Bay or a Milwaukee suburb is considered the “norm.”  They may assume two hours of daily drive time is a price worth paying for optimal quality of life. They can be very selective about communities they consider living in. So these people need to know the full story about all your community and Sheboygan County have to offer. Among these are the following accolades we’ve earned, and rightfully so:
Smart people—Luminosity’s Smartest Cities 2013 ranked Sheboygan County 48th from among 500 U.S. communities assessed. Also in 2013, the Brookings Institution named Sheboygan County one of the top 20 most innovative communities in the nation—joined by the likes of Silicon Valley, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, and Austin, Texas!
Safe spaces—Named the fourth-safest metropolitan area in the nation in 2013 by Morgan Quinto, Sheboygan County was also ranked one of the safest MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) in the United States, according to “City Crime Rankings 2009-2010,” published by CQ Press. In 2013, Sheboygan County also was identified as the Most Equitable Community in the United States for having the smallest gap between rich and poor.
Family friendly—Named the Best Place to Raise Kids in Wisconsin in 2011 by Bloomburg Business Week, Sheboygan County was also called out by Reader’s Digest as the Best Place to Raise a Family in the entire United States! 
Your call to action? 
If an employee new to your workplace is renting before their family relocates, connect with this colleague. Invite them to a weekend cookout, a round of golf, a river paddle or forest hike. Ask them to be your guest at your fitness club or service organization. 
In doing so, you’re laying out the proverbial “welcome mat” on behalf of all our citizens. 
And once they feel welcomed, these new employees may realize that the very place they’re seeking may be right here, right now, in Sheboygan County.  

Working and living locally

Ambassadors of Sheboygan County. It’s what each of us are, whether we realize it or not. Our actions, both as individuals and collectively, help define our community, and importantly, whether people new to our area choose to live where they work.

Posted by Dane Checolinski on 6 July 2014

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High-wage careers are in high demand

With high school graduation around the corner, many are wondering what they should do.

Posted by Dane Checolinski, SCEDC on 10 May 2014

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Jumpstart your job search today

Hundreds of workers sought by local companies

Consider this. One local employee at a global manufacturing firm based in Sheboygan County started in 2005. Fast forward to today: The company, hiring from within, promoted this employee and he now makes double what he did when he started—in less than a decade.

Posted by Dane Checolinski, SCEDC on 2 March 2014

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Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. drives continued local growth

Four years since its founding, county economic development corporation is getting jobs to the table

 Jan. 13, 2014—Sheboygan, Wis.—Nearly one in ten of the 39,582 jobs impacted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) in Wisconsin from July 2012 to July 2013, or 3565 jobs, were in Sheboygan County. These numbers highlight a manufacturing economic engine that is re-emerging rapidly in Sheboygan County as recent job growth bodes well for 2014.

Posted by SCEDC on 17 January 2014

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