Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "innovation"
as "the introduction of something new" or "a
new idea, method, or device." Innovation in business
and the economy means being able to take that new idea and
do something with it. This requires having people
around you with the vision and skills to bring that idea to
life. Being innovative throughout the region requires
a workforce that is prepared for the future -- no matter what
that future may hold.
The key to a partnership like WIN is everyone working together
so that no piece of the puzzle is missing. Employers
looking to upgrade technology need employees who can work
with the new technology or be locally trained to proficiency.
An employer looking to relocate to the region needs to know
that employees will have transferable skills, steeped in a
quality education, so that their innovative ideas can flourish.
Economic Development works hand-in-hand with Workforce Development
which must work closely with school systems, colleges and
training providers to make sure that education is relevant.
If any of these organizations is not in sync with the others,
then opportunities can be missed. Working together, opportunties
are created for individuals, businesses and the region as
The Eastern Region Wokforce Innovations Network
is a Collaborative Project of the following Economic and Workforce